Arsenal’s Premier League season ended last Sunday and the club failed to make it into the top four in order to secure Champions League football.
Unai Emery led his side to a 5th place finish, only one points off 4th and two points off 3rd in the table.
Arsenal do, however, have a chance to qualify for Europe’s top competition if they can beat Chelsea in the final of the Europa League later this month in Baku.
In the Premier League, Arsenal managed to win 21 games, drawing seven and losing a further ten. The Gunners scored 73 goals, but let themselves down at the back as they conceded 51 – 12 more than Spurs and Chelsea and 28 more than the champions Manchester City.
We have decided to take a look back through the Premier League campaign for Arsenal and rate each player for their performances in the division over the course of the season…
Petr Cech: 5
Started the season in goal, but a string of errors led to Bernd Leno taking his place between the sticks. Cech is retiring after the Europa League final, so his Premier League career is over.
Bernd Leno: 8
Leno started the season behind Cech in the pecking order, but worked his way into the side and never let his place slip. He was often the difference in games for Arsenal with his important saves.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles: 8
Given that he was expected to be a back-up at the start of the campaign, Matiland-Niles has had an excellent season. He put in some superb performances at wing-back and, despite a few wobbles, was impressive on the whole.
Hector Bellerin: 7
Bellerin enjoyed a good start to the season at right-back, but injuries forced him out of the picture in the second-half of the campaign – ending his season.
Given what he had to put up with around him, Sokratis had a good season. The Greek defender carried the defence at times, with other players around him not pulling their weight.
Shkodran Mustafi: 3
Speaking of players not pulling their weight, Mustafi was one of them. The German is error-prone and unreliable and is certainly someone the club should look to move on this summer.
Laurent Koscielny: 6
The Arsenal skipper ended up starting 13 Premier League games, but it was a mixed bag of performances. He was solid some games, and poor in others.
Nacho Monreal: 6
Monreal alternated between playing at centre-back and left-back and never really looked to be settled in the team, which may have been the reason behind his lack of consistency.
Sead Kolasinac: 7
Although there are still question marks over his head defensively, Kolasinac was excellent going forward from left-back and chipped in with some vital assists for the team.
Matteo Guendouzi: 7
Guendouzi probably ended up playing far more Premier League games than he expected to when he joined the club last summer. The young midfielder struggled with consistency, but did show glimpses of class.
Aaron Ramsey: 8
A fitting farewell to Aaron Ramsey. He was impressive when called upon in midfield and scored some crucial goals along the way. Good luck at Juventus!
Granit Xhaka: 8
This may be a controversial one, but Xhaka really upped his game this year compared to his previous campaigns at the club. The Swiss defender impressed in a holding role, and filled in at centre-back and left-back when needed.
Lucas Torreira: 7
Torreira had a terrific first-half of the season, but struggled to maintain those levels going into the second-half of the campaign. He’ll be hoping that he can kick on again next year.
Stephan Lichtsteiner: 5
Came in to provide experience at the back, but made some costly errors and looked off the pace when given a chance.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 6
A frustrating season for the Armenian. He scored six Premier League goals, but often left a lot to be desired with his end product.
Alex Iwobi: 6
Much like Mkhitaryan, Iwobi’s end product needs a lot of work. He managed three goals in the Premier League, which isn’t good enough if you want to be a top four player.
Mesut Ozil: 6
An odd season for Ozil. There were points where Emery didn’t seem to fancy him at all, then he was suddenly a regular. His appearances were as erratic as his performance levels.
Alexandre Lacazette: 9
13 goals and eight assists in the Premier League for Lacazette, along with being named as Arsenal’s Player of the Season. The Frenchman was, simply, stunning.
Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang: 9
Aubameyang and Lacazette were phenomenal together. Aubameyang managed to net 22 goals in the Premier League, earning himself the Golden Boot, although he had to share it with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane of Liverpool.
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