After Monday’s defeat of Manchester City, Sky pundits Jamie Carragher settled upon a team of the season so far.
Between them they managed to agree on seven positions, picking three Arsenal players. Mesut Özil, predictably, was in the side. The midfielder is assisting at a rate never seen before in the Premier League, and set up two more goals on Monday evening to inspire the team to victory.
He was joined in the side by fullbacks Héctor Bellerín and Nacho Monreal. Between them they can do anything. Monreal is superb in possession and strong in the air, an uncompromising left-back who may even have been Arsenal’s best player in 2015. Bellerín, who is still just 20, is a danger going forward and his defensive game has come on spectacularly since he first broke into the team.
With one centre-half place undecided, Henry and Carragher nominated Laurent Koscielny and Chris Smalling. The Manchester United defender got the nod from the public, but it’s baffling that Toby Alderweireld was selected in front of the Arsenal man.
Likewise, in fairness, Alexis didn’t deserve to make the team but was voted in ahead of Dimitri Payet. Santi Cazorla was also nominated by Henry, but was ousted by Ross Barkley, which was an odd choice for central midfield.
The team in full: Butland; Bellerín, Alderweireld, Smalling, Monreal; Kante, Barkley; Mahrez, Özil, Alexis; Vardy.