With 2017 coming to a close, it’s time to look back on Arsenal’s three best performers of the year. There haven’t been many obvious candidates.

Finding three players was tough going, and not because there were so many to choose from. It was very much the opposite, with the Gunners struggling last season.

FA Cup win aside, Arsenal’s form in the Premier League was well below expectations, and a number of players will feel they have should have done better.

However, there were enough stand-out performers who deserve credit for the way they’ve played during those difficult periods.

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3. Goalkeeper – Petr Cech

For every new mistake Cech makes in his old age, he produces a top save that reminds us he’s still one of the best in the Premier League.

Arsenal’s defence hasn’t always been tight, and it was only because of Cech’s fine form in the second half of last season that we had a chance of getting into the top-four.

This season has shown more signs that he’s fading, but Arsenal’s defensive record would be much worse without him, in my opinion. His performance against Burnley was as authoritative as the Cech of old. There’s still life in the old dog.

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