It’s that time of year again when we reflect on the best and worst of Arsenal. And let’s face it, the ‘worst’ column is the longest.

2017 wasn’t the best year to be a Gooner.

Although we did beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup, we finished fifth in the Premier League, missed out on the Champions League as a result and Spurs came above us for the first time under Arsene Wenger.

The boss extended his current contract until 2019, despite fan unrest reaching an all-time high.

We lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, which in hindsight was a brilliant bit of business, until we also sold Wojciech Szczesny to Juventus.

The beginning of 2018 could see us lose two of our best players – Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. And while we allow our best players – bar the Ox – to leave, some of our worst are still at the club, picking up a paycheck they scarcely deserve.

Here, in my opinion, are Arsenal’s three worst players from 2017.


1. David Ospina

The Colombian goalkeeper is somehow hanging in there by the skin of his teeth, despite being adamant he was off in the summer. What’s worse is that it actually seems Wenger convinced him to stay and got rid of Woj, which is pretty perplexing.

Luckily, the second-choice shot-stopper has been limited to Europa League and domestic cup games. From his lack of height, to his inability to hold onto a ball once he’s caught it, hopefully we see the back of Ospina in the not-too-distant future.

Arsenal’s Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina celebrates Arsenal’s first goal during the English FA Cup final football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley stadium in London on May 27, 2017. (IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)