This season hasn’t been a great one for Arsenal Football Club. But for some of our players, it has been a season of improvement. Some of our players have made big strides and have provided a lot better than they have in previous years.
Aaron Ramsey: After losing his place to a rejuvenated Tomas Rosicky in the second half of last season, Aaron Ramsey has bounced back and regained his form. Having started the season off on the substitutes bench, he has seemingly worked his way back into the starting 11 in recent weeks. Injuries to Arteta and Coquelin saw him used in the regista role of the team, where he performed admirably. It’s not just this that has been impressive. Throughout the season he has looked more assured whenever he has played. More free and comfortable. As if a big weight has been lifted of his shoulders. The unfair pressures put on him from last season are now gone and he has moved on from the incident that I’ll refrain from talking about. Lets hope he continues like this and gets better and better. There is only One Aaron Ramsey.
Theo Walcott: How immense has Theo Walcott been this season? He has improved every aspect of his game. And too a high level as well. He’s currently Arsenal’s top goalscorer with 18, and top assist maker with 12. It’s isn’t just his final ball that has been excellent, however. In each performance he is looking more and more devastating. He looks more confident and composed on the ball that he has ever been. More consistent than he has ever been. His performances this season show nothing of the ‘no football brain’ tag that has been put on him previously. He put away fears Arsenal fans had of losing yet another key player in the summer by signing a new contract, and since doing so he has provided a goal or assist(if you count winning a freekick as an assist) in every game he has started since. He is finally becoming the player he was expected to be.
Kieran Gibbs: Prior to his injury against Liverpool, Kieran Gibbs was one of the star performers for Arsenal this season. The level of his game has shot right up and he has become a mainstay in the Arsenal defence (when fit of course). He has also been very consistent, hardly putting a foot wrong when playing in the Arsenal colours. He has certainly come a long way since that slip against Manchester United in the Champions League finals a few years back. With the signing of Spanish international, Nacho Monreal, he has now been provided with adequate competition for his spot(no offence Santos) and when back from injury, I’m sure he’ll be up for the challenge.
Carl Jenkinson: Despite being sent off in his appearance, Carl Jenkinson has made big strides this season. The lifelong gooner started the season off as our first choice right-back as Bacary Sagna was still recovering from a broken leg suffered at the rear end of last season. Carl grabbed this opportunity with both hands. In each game he grew more and more, becoming better and better. He was no longer the boy who looked out of his depth in the premier league. He rose up to this challenge and beat it with stellar performances, notably against Montpellier and the premier league champions, Manchester City. He still has a long way to go and much more to learn, but the signs are promising. I am confident he will be a brilliant player for the Arsenal.