December was not a great month but it’s easy to forget the big wins we had at the start of the month, overshadowed by the performances and results than came in the latter half.

It was hard to pick a top 3 for player of the month for December, mostly because nobody really stood out.

#3 Granit Xhaka

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal (R) is put under pressure from Leroy Sane of Manchester City (L) during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Rock solid (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

After an initial settling in period, Granit Xhaka started every game for Arsenal in the month of December. Although still insisting on shooting from range, Arsenal are no doubt confident that they can coach that sort of nonsense out of him.

#2 Koscielny

Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure (R) vies with Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on December 18, 2016. / AFP / Oli SCARFF /
Captain Sensible (Photo OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Arsenal kept just one cleansheet in December – against West Brom on Boxing Day – but it’s hard to point the finger of responsibility for that at Laurent Koscielny. That our two defeats came when Shkodran Mustafi was out with a hamstring injury says more about Kos’s partner, Gabriel, than it does about the Frenchman.

As always, our captain-in-waiting, was solid and dependable

#1 Alexis

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal chases the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Unstoppable (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

4 goals and 4 assists in the Premier League and Champions League in December makes Alexis our clear winner for Player of the Month for December. He might not have been at his scintillating best as the month wore on, but he never stopped. A worthy winner in a month when more players were underpar than over.

Notable mentions:

I threw this question open to Twitter and a few players I didn’t pick for my top three made the cut according to some fans.

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Here is a selection of nominations from followers: