Player of the season so far

Three months of the season have passed, 17 games have been played and Arsenal fans can be relatively pleased with the start the Gunners have made.
 
There have been several key players, who have been instrumental in helping Arsenal climb to third in the Premier League, sit comfortably in their Champions League Group and progress to the quarter finals of the Carling Cup.

With only two defeats and two draws so far this season, the Gunners are performing above expectations, as many pundits and opposing fans alike wrote Arsenal off at the beginning of the season. Arsene Wenger and his players however, are determined to prove their critics wrong.

Arsenal’s defence has often been seen as the main reason for four trophy-less seasons, but Wenger has strengthened the back four with the signing of Thomas Vermaelen. Not since the days of Tony Adams and Martin Keown have Arsenal had a hard man at the back but the Belgian international looks to be in that same mould. Despite his lack of height, Vermaelen is good in the air and strong in the tackle and on numerous occasions, the ‘Verminator’ has put his body on the line throwing himself in front of oncoming shots.

Not only has Vermaelen excelled defensively for the Gunners, he has surprised many by being a huge threat going forward and has already knocked in five goals. Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of Vermaelen’s start to life at the Emirates is the partnership he has formed with William Gallas. The Frenchman seems to have found a new lease of life after some turbulent times in an Arsenal shirt. Gallas is enjoying playing on the right hand side of the central defence and together with Vermaelen has added a new solidarity to the Gunner’s back four. Gallas has also contributed at the other end of the pitch scoring four times. It means the team has a new dimension at set pieces, with both centre backs being capable of hitting the back of the net.

One of the most improved players in an Arsenal shirt this season is Alex Song. The Cameroon international has adapted well to Wenger’s new 4-3-3 formation and will be a vital part of the team if the Gunners are going to win any silverware this season. Sitting in front of the back four, Song may not be grabbing as many headlines as some of the more exciting talents in the Arsenal team, but his role is just as important. The 22-year-olds no-nonsense style of play has considerably strengthened the midfield, tracking back to protect the defence and being strong in the tackle – something the club has been missing since Patrick Vieira left.

With Song performing a crucial defensive role in midfield, it has given Cesc Fabregas the license to push forward and show his ability. After two quiet-ish seasons at the Emirates, Fabregas is back to his best showing why he is one of the most sought-after midfielders in the world. If the Gunners are going to challenge for honours this season, the Spaniard will have to continue his fine form. If Fabregas plays well, so do Arsenal and this season is looking like it could be the midfielders best in a red shirt. The Gunners’ new formation has allowed Fabregas to express himself by getting forward more frequently and finishing off moves. He has hit the net six times already this season, including his solo run against Spurs last week and has played a key part in many other goals.
 
Another player who has started the season in blistering form is Andrei Arshavin. Playing on the left of a three man strike force, Arshavin has started the season how he finished the last. His close control and speed when running with the ball has dazzled defenders and his wonder strike against Manchester United was simply brilliant. Despite his small frame, the diminutive Russian is not afraid of the physical nature of the Premier League and this attitude, as well as his undoubted ability has made him a popular figure with Arsenal fans.

After the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor, many critics questioned who would score the goals if Arsenal were to compete in the top four this season. However, there was no doubt in the mind of Robin Van Persie. The talented Dutchman has been as good as any striker in the Premier League and has already notched eight goals this term. Last season’s top scorer has also made a number of assists and seems to be involved in most goals Arsenal score.  Van Persie’s lethal left foot is second to none and he now has the composure in front of goal, which he may once have been lacking.

With so many good performances already this season, it is tough to pick out which one player has played the most important role. The Gunners have made a promising start to the campaign though and if their form continues, then it could be an exciting season in North London.

So who do you think has been our best player so far?

 

Editors Note: Sorry for lack of activity on twitter, I am not in the country for another week and internet access is hard to get. I hope to connecty with many of you on there after next weekend.

  • AfriX

    Player of the season so far is Thomas Vermaelen!!!

  • davidhewitt

    Its a tough call between 3 players. Vermaelen for being a rock at the back whilst scoring goals. Fabregas for having a hand in almost every goal, so many assist's this season I think he set up Merida from the bench! And finally RVP for stepping up after becoming the main hitman and scoring the baulk of the goals that every team needs from there no1 striker. Always a doubt with whether he was another Bergkamp, an awesome talent with modest goal tally. My player of the season would have to be Cesc though. Influentional to both the abve mentioned and scoring again.
    Keep it up Cesc!

  • davidhewitt

    Its a tough call between 3 players. Vermaelen for being a rock at the back whilst scoring goals. Fabregas for having a hand in almost every goal, so many assist's this season I think he set up Merida from the bench! And finally RVP for stepping up after becoming the main hitman and scoring the baulk of the goals that every team needs from there no1 striker. Always a doubt with whether he was another Bergkamp, an awesome talent with modest goal tally. My player of the season would have to be Cesc though. Influentional to both the abve mentioned and scoring again.
    Keep it up Cesc!

  • Kilburn John

    Song is the one who has taken on the mantle of DMF without the assistance of Deneilson, which enabled AW to concentrate on attack. The 4 3 3 (or 4,3 2,1)can now work well, with Nasri and Rosicky each side of Song. This allows the full backs to make more runs on the wings, giving more options to Nasri and Rosicky,and with better crosses from the FBs at the end of the runs. This will allow the front 2 Arshavin and Cesc to either run at defences or pass around them to Robin. This could only happen with the defensive cover that Song brings to the show. In the last few games he has carried the ball more and becoming the main distributer. He is not as good as Viera was at 22 but not much short of it either. But he is the MAIN difference this season.

  • les

    Song may have improved, but he is presently on four yellow cards and 1 more is a suspension. If he misses the chelsea game we may be in trouble for that game. One we MUST win.

  • mjc

    Errm… we've actually played 18 games so far:
    10 League
    2 CC
    2 CL Qual
    4 CL Group

    • This was written before I believe, it was published a couple of days late 🙂

  • Jules

    Cesc, no question. Then Van Persie, Vermaelen, Arshavin and Song in that order.

    Most disappointing player? Almunia, Clichy or Diaby, although all three could be very good.

    Three who will have a big role to play in the remainder of the season: Nasri, Rosicky and Walcott.

  • andamastephen

    its difficult to say who is better as @now,bcoz u can say its persie,vermaleen,cesc,song………….all are my best 2 b precise but ;song;

  • slugboy

    vermaelen has had the most impact on the team. Arshavin, Song and Cesc have all been in great form (cesc had a few bad games, looking distracted). RVP is doing weel at the link up play , but has still not scored from a free kick for nearly 3 years. He has been playing well though. Only position we need to strengthen is the keeper. None of the three really give confidence. If we strengthened here, we would have a great spine that everyone talks about

  • GunnerX

    This is a tough call, but for me it has to Vermaelen just because this guy has hit the ground running, he's taken no-time at all to adjust to the Arsenal style of play, and has formed a fantastic partnership with WG. Vermaelen also brings to the team much needed leadership and defensive organization, and has chipped-in with 5 goals. For me he has to be the signing of the season. As for Cesc, and RVP, both seem to be benefiting from the 4 3 3 formation, and both (on current form) could be up for player of the year nominations. Cant imagine how good this group of players could be, if we can stay injury free.

  • Has to be Vermaelen for me!

  • Coolganny

    it is very difficult to call.. cesc, vermaelan and song r too gud to be the player of the season

  • Coolganny

    it is very difficult to call.. cesc, vermaelan and song r too gud to be the player of the season