2. Abou Diaby
After being at the club since 2006, it wouldn't be unreasonable to think Abou Diaby could now hold down a regular place in the starting XI. After his big improvements in 2009/10, he looked set to become a first choice in the centre alongside Song and Fabregas. However, once again injuries and inconsistency has meant he hasn't deserved to hold down a regular place.
Obviously the emergence of Jack Wilshere hasn't helped Diaby, however when given the chance, the Frenchman just hasn't delivered despite his undoubted talent and potential. Now he's 25, we should be beginning to see him begin to peak as a box-to-box midfielder, although that just isn't happening.
His goals at home and away against Blackpool showed how good he could be arriving late into the box, however that sight was all too uncommon in the season.
The Tottenham away match in the Premier League summed Diaby up. He looked good when on the ball, but then the final pass would be lacking. Tracking back, he was at fault for van der Vaart's first goal of the game and then he went off injured.
It's hard to know whether to persevere with Diaby as there is a quality player in there, but he misses too many games and doesn't perform well enough in a large number of those he does appear in. One of the fans' over-riding memories of him for this season will be the needless red card at Newcastle. That, combined with his inconsistency, puts his place in the squad at risk.
Verdict: Frustrating. A shame that his talent and potential are going to waste at the moment: 5/10.
4. Cesc Fabregas
By his own high standards, Cesc didn't have a great season. Niggling hamstring and thigh injuries meant he missed significant spells of the season, including big games such as the Carling Cup final.
Obviously, a lot of the media focus at the moment is once again on whether he'll join Barcelona this summer. Although he's coming off the back of an average season, he's undoubtedly a world class player, so Arsenal shouldn't feel bullied into selling him. With four years left on his contract, Arsene Wenger can virtually name his price to Barcelona.
This on-going saga does raise the question of whether his heart is really in Arsenal Football Club. Everyone has known for years that Cesc Fabregas is a Barcelona boy and grew up supporting the Catalans. However, the bulk of his professional football education was done at Arsenal, and he doesn't ignore that fact. He knows how much the club has given him, and to be honest, he wouldn't necessarily get into the starting XI at Barcelona. At Arsenal, he has more responsibility on the pitch and knows that when fit, he is almost guaranteed to play. Although no-one should be surprised if Cesc does leave, but Arsene Wenger has to make sure we get the right amount of money in return.
Fabregas' commitment couldn't be doubted last season. On many of the occasions where he suffered recurrences of injuries, it was because he was so desperate to play that he aggravated injuries when rushing his comeback.
His highlights of the season would probably be his goal against Ipswich in the Carling Cup semi-final and the pass to Nasri in the build up to the second goal against Barcelona. Notable mentions must also go to the way he orchestrated the defeats of Bolton and Braga early on in the season.
Verdict: A world class player who has had a disrupted season. The Arsenal squad is definitely better with Cesc Fabregas in it: 6/10
7. Tomas Rosicky
The case of Tomas Rosicky is a sad one. On arriving at the club in 2006, everyone had high hopes for the Czech international. He had a good first season and was beginning to settle into the Premier League during his second season before his mysterious injury, which robbed him of 18 months of his Arsenal career. In a similar way to Eduardo, Rosicky really hasn't been the same since.
He appears to have lost most of his confidence as a player as he never seems to run past players like he used to. His general attacking instinct has also decreased rapidly. One goal all season for an attacking midfielder is a poor return.
Whereas in the past, you'd think that with Rosicky in the team there'd always be a chance of him creating or scoring a goal, there's now a sense that everything slows down when he's on the ball.
His effort is better than most in the squad, but unfortunately his footballing ability has declined.
Verdict: A real shame that he hasn't got anywhere near his pre-injury abilities. Time to move on: 4/10.
8. Samir Nasri
Like Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri is a player making headlines about potentially leaving Arsenal. Again, like Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri is a player with outstanding quality that would be sorely missed should he leave the club.
Although his form tailed off towards the end of the campaign, there'd no doubting the Frenchman had a good season. There were a number of goal of the season contenders, mixed in with the sort of exciting attacking wing play we arguably haven't seen since the likes of Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires.
There does seem to be a number of people who believe Nasri is better in the middle of the pitch, in the ‘Fabregas role'. However I'm slightly dubious about that. He has great pace that he can be extremely dangerous when running in the less congested wide areas. From the left, there's also the option for him to cut inside onto his right foot with his quick feet. Ideally, I'd like to see Fabregas or van Persie looking for a Bergkamp style pass for Nasri making the Ljungberg-esque diagonal run into the box.
We've got to hope Nasri doesn't follow the path of Emmanuel Adebayor; have a good season, get rewarded with a massive pay increase before putting in lazy performances and being sold. However we don't want to see him run down his contract and leave on a free transfer with his stock being high at the moment.
I think Arsene Wenger does need to be relatively accepting of Nasri's wage demands as the club need to make statements to the fans that they're really serious about improving the squad and not weakening it, and clearly keeping the Frenchman would be part of that. Nasri would then need to actually show he's worth the money he and his agent seem to be holding out for.
Verdict: A good season, his contract needs to be sorted sooner rather than later: 8/10.
As was heard said at the Emirates Stadium by one frustrated supporter, “a traffic cone would be more useful than Denilson”. It's hard to disagree.
He's become the king of the sideways pass and the lazy attempts to track back. He only seems to have one gear and doesn't offer the midfield drive that even the likes of Abou Diaby give. Compared to how dynamic Jack Wilshere has been, Denilson looks laboured and slow in the midfield.
What I found ironic about his statements in the media about wanting to leave was that if he was so desperate to win trophies, maybe he should have worked harder on the pitch by occasionally tracking back and lifting his head up to pass the ball forward. I doubt many fans shed a tear on hearing news of him wanting out.
Verdict: Form an orderly queue to drive him to his next destination: 3/10.
16. Aaron Ramsey
After a long rehabilitation and a couple of loan spells, we finally saw Aaron Ramsey back in first team action in March. He didn't have many games to make his mark, but showed enough promise that he can regain the form he had before his horrific injury.
The highlight of his season was his excellent finish to score the only goal against Manchester United. Although most Arsenal fans don't want to have to cope with life without Cesc Fabregas just yet, eventually he'll go back to Barcelona, and in Ramsey we could have his replacement. Whilst we want Arsene Wenger to sign experienced players, it could be detrimental to the club if any experience that comes in slows the development and growth of players like Ramsey.
The Welshman played as well as we could have hoped on return from injury. Unlike Tomas Rosicky and Eduardo, the injury doesn't seem like it'll have a lasting effect on the rest of his career.
Verdict: Was just good to see him back in action, next season will be crucial to his development: 5/10.
17. Alex Song
It wasn't a spectacular season from the Cameroonian, but it wasn't a bad one. Song is definitely the best holding midfielder in the squad, however early in the season it seemed he'd forgotten his duties as defensive player as he frequently got caught out of position.
His attacking did add some valuable goals to his game, notably against Manchester City, West Ham and Chelsea, but that meant players like Jack Wilshere had to sit further back to cover for Song, when realistically we'd prefer to see Wilshere in more advanced positions. Song has also developed an annoying habit of regularly getting booked for needless fouls in the midfield. I don't mind players taking the occasional card for the team if it stops a flowing attack, but Song seems to attract them all too easily.
He's a good player, and a good holding midfielder when he sticks to his task, however I think there are many that think Song's position is one where the club could improve. Being really critical, it could be argued that Song isn't the world class holding midfielder we need to make the next step to regularly winning trophies. He's definitely deserving of a place in the squad though.
Verdict: A decent season with room for improvement: 6/10.
19. Jack Wilshere
As much as Arsenal fans have little love or appreciation for Bolton Wanderers, there is no doubt a regular place in their team did wonders for Jack Wilshere. He came back from his loan spell in 2009/10 ready to play regular Premier League football, and offer Arsenal a huge improvement on the likes of Denilson and Diaby in midfield.
The fact it's hard to think of a game where Wilshere didn't play well this season tells its own story. His fitness and commitment was admirable for a player of his age, and should be used as an example to the rest of the squad. It's refreshing to see an Englishman come through in the mould of a modern Arsenal player, but have the tenacity to stand up to clubs who take the physical approach against Arsenal. It means Arsene Wenger and the fans have no worries in putting Wilshere up against any opponent, be it Barcelona or Stoke.
He does have to watch his temper, but if he eradicates it from his game completely, he'll risk losing some of the passion he plays the game with. It's difficult to pick out a standout match, but Barcelona at home does stick in my mind. Although Wilshere didn't see as much of the ball as other games, he was sensational. He didn't look out of place against the like of Xavi and Iniesta.
We can all be glad that sense prevailed and Wilshere hasn't gone to the under 21 European Championships with England. From an Arsenal point of view, it means we could see him develop further next season.
Verdict: Fantastic breakthrough season, has the potential to be the mainstay of this Arsenal team for years to come: 9/10.
40. Craig Eastmond
He spent most of the season out on loan, but did play a couple of Carling Cup games and a Champions League game in the season for Arsenal.
I think it'll be hard to Eastmond to become a regular in the club's first team squad, especially if a new midfielder is signed. He did well in the Carling Cup, but in his European debut away to Shakhtar Donetsk, he did look horribly out of his depth, capping his performance with an own goal.
It's too early to judge him at Arsenal. Having been on loan at Millwall, hopefully he'll be loaned out to a club higher up the footballing ladder to see if he'll cut it at Arsenal.
Verdict: Didn't appear much and was mixed when he did: 4/10.
46. Henri Lansbury
Lansbury only made one start for Arsenal this season, but I'd surprised if he didn't make more next season.
That one start was in the Carling Cup at White Hart Lane, where he scored against Tottenham. He made a few other good substitute appearances in the competition before going to Norwich City on loan. He wasn't always a starter for the Canaries, but played well and contributed heavily to their promotion to the Premier League.
Pre-season will be a key time for Lansbury as he'll want to make an impression so as to stay in the first team squad, otherwise he could end up out on loan again. He won't want to go the same way as Mark Randall, a similar player who went on loan to numerous clubs before finally being released in his early twenties.
Verdict: A good goal at the Lane before a productive loan spell: 5/10.
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