With just a couple of months left of the 2018/19 season, let’s have a look at Arsenal’s top five players of the campaign according to the stats.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and AFC Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal with his teammates during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and AFC Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Football website WhoScored give a rating to each individual player in every match based on a number of stats, which they then average out over the entire season to give an overall rating. Here are Arsenal’s top five for 2018/19:

5Petr Cech (7.05)

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Petr Cech of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurat Emirates Stadium on December 19, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 19: Petr Cech of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurat Emirates Stadium on December 19, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

This one probably comes as a bit of a surprise. It’s likely in part because of Cech’s limited minutes over the season, meaning the few games he started had greater weight to them. Nonetheless, clearly, the goalkeeper performed well in those matches. There’s no doubt that he had to make a tonne of saves in the early part of the season.

4Granit Xhaka (7.06)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on March 10, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on March 10, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

With new midfield partners in Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira, Xhaka has elevated his game to the next level this season. He’s still making the occasional mistake, so he has room for improvement, but he’s taking control of games and has become a crucial part of Arsenal’s build-up play.

The 26-year-old is providing more cover defensively than before, and he’s even chipped in with a few important goals. Plus, he’s shown fantastic leadership in recent months.

3Laurent Koscielny (7.06)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal celebrates victory with teammate Aaron Ramsey after the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Arsenal and Stade Rennais at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 14: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal celebrates victory with teammate Aaron Ramsey after the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Arsenal and Stade Rennais at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Koscielny may have taken a game or two to get back into the swing of things after his long-term injury, but right now he’s playing some of his best football. Arsenal’s defence looks hugely improved whenever he’s in it, and they’re finally starting to keep some clean sheets with his help.

The Frenchman is also adding something in possession, as he has the second-highest Premier League pass accuracy in the entire squad.

2Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (7.08)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 14: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Arsenal and Stade Rennais at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s record signing has been back scoring again this year, with his 17 league goals putting him just one behind the league leader Sergio Aguero. The striker has had to adapt to playing a couple of different positions and in a number of formations, but that hasn’t stopped him doing what he does best.

Aubameyang has also had some particularly memorable moments in the last few months. There was his brace against Tottenham Hotspur in the 4-2 victory, his two goals in two games against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium, as well as his starring role in Arsenal’s last-16 Europa League comeback victory last week.

1Alexandre Lacazette (7.20)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's fifth goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and AFC Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s fifth goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and AFC Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Aubameyang might be stealing the headlines on the goalscoring front, but Lacazette has had a fantastic second season with Arsenal so far. The striker has 14 goals and nine assists in all competitions, as well as winning an important penalty against Manchester United in the last match.

Lacazette creates chances, he scores goals, he holds the ball up well, and he even makes a strong defensive contribution to the team. Only five players in Arsenal’s squad have made more tackles than the centre-forward this season. It’s no surprise he’s becoming such a fan-favourite.

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