Arsenal fans have picked their player of the season and with the results in the winner has polled over half of the vote.
Arsenal fans are a disgruntled bunch right now, and who can blame them? After all, this was supposed to be their season. They’ve got Petr Cech in the side, a player who is worth at least 15 points a season – according to John Terry – and Mesut Ozil had finally found some form.
Chelsea quickly imploded, while Manchester United and Manchester City weren’t doing that well. They only had Leicester City and Tottenham to contend with, and what was easier than that?
That wasn’t enough motivation, apparently, because as things stand, Leicester are the Premier League champions and Tottenham are above them in second place.
We all know who their manager of the season isn’t, but as for their player of the season, we weren’t so sure.
Arsenal supporters were asked to vote for their player of the season in a 90min FanVoice poll, and over 14,000 fans took up the task.
Ozil, mentioned earlier, won overwhelmingly with 51 per cent, followed by Hector Bellerin in second place with 25 per cent. Cech was next, having garnered 12 per cent, while Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck followed with nine and three per cent respectively.
Ozil has been the Gunners’ best player this season, especially during the first half. The World Cup winner, finally looking like the player Arsene Wenger bought from Real Madrid in 2013, has scored eight goals and set up 18 in 44 appearances for Arsenal this season.
He is now just two assists shy of tying Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in a single season, but with just three assists in 2016, his last one coming in March, he is in danger of missing out, much like Cesc Fabregas did last season.
Nevertheless, the German has been Arsenal’s main player, dictating the offence with his movement and precise passing.
He could have been even more useful if he had a better team around him; forwards especially. Back at Madrid, he had Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema to pass to, even Marcelo seems a better offensive option than what he currently deals with at the Emirates.
Olivier Giroud simply can’t get the job done up front, and sadly, it makes Ozil look bad. Fortunately, there’s Sanchez, who had a monster first campaign after signing from Barcelona as the beginning of last season. Injury has slowed him down this term, but he’s all Ozil has to work with, really.
The midfielder is crying out for the club to build a better squad around him. His productivity would surely spike if things went that way, but knowing Arsenal, that’s not likely to happen.
He seems to be willing to stay despite the club’s lack of ambition in the transfer market, though.
“There’s no hurry [to sign a new deal],” Ozil told Sport-Informations-Dienst last month. “I have two years left on my contract.
“We’ll see how it goes at the end of the season. I’m not saying that I definitely must return to the Bundesliga or spend time in Turkey. But I’m not ruling it out either. Maybe I’ll finish my career in England.”
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