With the 2016/17 season having come to a close, it’s time to look at which Arsenal players were the most influential over the course of the campaign, as well as those who left a lot to be desired.
Here is a list of how all Arsenal players performed in England according to statistical data from Squawka.
The players are ranked by their Total Performance Score, made up from their defensive and attacking attributes from 2016/17.
29. David Ospina – (minus) 11pts
Arsenal’s second-choice goalkeeper made only two Premier League appearances this season, having featured more in the domestic cups and Champions League. The lack of regular playing time is likely to see Ospina leave this summer.
28. Emi Martinez – (minus) 2pts
Arsenal’s third choice goalkeeper is higher-placed than David Ospina but is another who hardly featured in the first-team this season. The Gunners shot-stopper is expected to make a temporary move away in the summer to continue his development.
27. Ainsley Maitland-Niles +3pts
The young utility player didn’t get the time to make a significant impact this season, featuring only once in the Premier League as a late substitute.
26. Mathieu Debuchy +4pts
The French full back was loaned out to Bordeaux and before that made just one appearance for Arsenal which ended with him picking up an injury after just 15 minutes. He’s for sale in the summer.
25. Carl Jenkinson +5pts
Another player who made one appearance in the season and is up for sale this summer. His refusal to leave the club despite being in the reserves didn’t sit well with manager Arsene Wenger and it’s unlikely to see him at Arsenal next season.
24. Jack Wilshere +12pts
Made two appearances for Arsenal at the start of the season before being loaned out to Bournemouth to get more playing time. His season ended in injury and his impact for both clubs was muted in 2016/17.
23. Per Mertesacker +14pts
Despite his FA Cup heroics, Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker hasn’t been too influential in the Premier League this season. He featured just once in the top-flight.
22. Calum Chambers +32pts
His only appearance for Arsenal came on the opening day of the season but he did grab himself a goal. After that, Chambers spent the season on loan at Middlesbrough who suffered relegation, despite Chambers generally impressing.
21. Rob Holding +79pts
Despite the lack of overall appearances, Rob Holding still managed to make a serious impact in the Arsenal side. His lowly points tally doesn’t tell the full story, however, and is down to a lack of starts.
20. Lucas Perez +102pts
Signed just before deadline day last summer, Lucas was expected to make a significant impact on the squad but has failed to nail down a place in the side. However, he scored and created goals which is highlighted by his ranking. Expected to leave this summer.
19. Kieran Gibbs +126pts
After looking destined for a departure last summer, Gibbs ended up making 11 appearances for Arsenal and played a role in the success of the side’s 3-4-2-1 formation late-season.
18. Danny Welbeck +159pts
After missing the first half of the season, Danny Welbeck made a big impact in 2017. He grabbed goals and created chances for his teammates, and has kept Olivier Giroud on the bench as a result.
17. Santi Cazorla +198pts
Deemed the most influential player for Arsenal. With Santi Cazorla in the side, the Gunners won six of eight games, and it took Wenger the entire season to find a midfield partnership to replace him.
16. Mohamed Elneny +228pts
Upon his arrival at the Emirates, Elneny played a vital role in the midfield, but this season he’s only been used as a squad rotation player and doesn’t appear to be a long term option for Arsene Wenger. He’s put in solid performances when used, however, which is why he’s ranked so highly despite a lack of games.
15. Gabriel +264pts
The Brazilian proved his worth over the course of the season, impressively filling in across the backline. Gabriel put in a lot of decent performances and may be rewarded with a regular first-team spot in 2017/18.
14. Aaron Ramsey +336pts
After a strong Euro 2016 campaign with Wales, Ramsey took some time to showcase such form at club level in 2016/17. But he’s ended the season in a much more convincing fashion and netted the winning goal in the FA Cup final.
13. Olivier Giroud +353pts
Giroud enjoyed a fantastic season despite a lack of Premier League starts. The Frenchman has scored and created more than a goal-per-league start for Arsenal and is being retained for next season as a result.
12. Francis Coquelin +392pts
Coquelin has shown his lack of technical abilities this season which led to him being dropped from the Arsenal side. But a series of good performances in the first-half of the campaign has led to his lofty ranking.
11. Hector Bellerin +399pts
Bellerin was a regular at the start of the season but lost his place in the side in 2017 after suffering a dip in form following an ankle injury. However, a strong finish to the campaign has ensured his high ranking and he’ll go into the next campaign as a first-choice at right-back.
10. Theo Walcott +407pts
Walcott’s lofty ranking comes as a result of his impressive start to the season as he hardly featured in the second-half of the campaign. Walcott scored 10 and made two assists in 23 league starts.
9. Nacho Monreal +442pts
The Spaniard has impressed for most of the season, albeit suffering the odd poor performance, and ended the campaign with a series of convincing showings at centre-back, left-back and wing-back.
8. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain +455pts
One of the players to have made the biggest progress. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made 31 appearances last season, scoring and creating nine goals. His versatility has seen him deployed at left wing-back, right-back and across the midfield.
7. Alex Iwobi +521pts
The youngster has had a mixed season starting on a high and ending on a low. He impressed in early games, scoring and creating goals, but has spent the second-half of the campaign largely on the bench.
6. Shkodran Mustafi +559pts
In his debut season, Shkodran Mustafi has acclimatised himself to the Premier League. He’s had his sticky patches in the defence but has had many good performances too and will be a regular in the side next season.
5. Petr Cech +581pts
Having made 34 appearances, with 12 clean sheets, Petr Cech is one of the most influential players of the season for Arsenal. His form hasn’t been perfect throughout the campaign, but he put in some top performances near the end of the campaign which have been reflected by his lofty ranking.
4. Granit Xhaka +629pts
After a slow start, the Swiss international has become an influential player for Arsenal, finally offering a credible replacement for Santi Cazorla. His disciplinary record is still questioned (wrongly) but Xhaka ended the season very strongly for the Gunners, finally repaying off his large transfer fee.
3. Laurent Koscielny +998pts
Year in, year out, Laurent Koscielny is always one of Arsenal’s top performers and last season was no different. His absence has been felt in games and his influence in the defence has been a real boost. He’s one of the best in the Premier League.
2. Mesut Ozil +1088pts
The much-maligned German playmaker finished the season with 17 goals scored and created, which is why he’s ranked second. There will always be questions about his attitude and work ethic, but his output has remained second only to a certain Chilean….
1. Alexis Sanchez +1506pts
Sanchez has, of course, been the best player for Arsenal this season. With 24 goals and 10 assists he’s been Arsene Wenger’s saviour. His energetic displays throughout the campaign get the supporters of their seats, and he ended the season picking up the man-of-the-match in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea.