Which Arsenal players made the grade in 2010-11?
PUBLISHED: 09:09 10 June 2011
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End of term report: Who were the stars and the flops of the Gunners’ season
Manuel Almunia 4/10
Was No1 in August, but was both dropped and injured after nightmare against West Brom in September, and he played only six more games as Szczesny and Fabianski came to the fore. Has a year left on his contract but it will be a surprise if he is still here come August.
Andrey Arshavin 5/10
Arsenal fans have been waiting for the little Russian to reproduce the magic he showed after first signing over two years ago, but it is becoming a very frustrating wait. Scored 10 goals from 36 starts, but was is clearly not happy in London and is another who may move.
Nicklas Bendtner 6/10
He said that he did not regret playing at the World Cup for Denmark, but Arsenal did as he came back injured and did not play until late October. Given just three league starts and 14 in all but still scored nine goals, so is perhaps justified in looking for a move.
Marouane Chamakh 6/10
A season of two halves for the Moroccan as he was heavily relied upon before Christmas with both Bendtner and Van Persie injured and delivered the goods with 10 goals. But has faded badly since January, scoring just once more, and often looked far too lightweight.
Gael Clichy 6/10
A number of pundits have pinpointed Clichy as a weakness in this team, and a lot of fans after starting to agree, despite a fairly solid season from the 25-year-old and pressure on his place from Gibbs. Has not signed a new contract and Barcelona are among his suitors.
Hard to gauge his progress as he was given so little playing time, the reason he has cited for asking to move this summer. Has been surpassed by the emergence of Wilshere and Ramsey and is surplus to requirements now so should be granted his wish to leave.
Abou Diaby 5/10
Is there a player who better sums up Arsenal’s lack of development in the last five years? He clearly has talent, but can’t seem to find his best position or stay fit and as a result is a peripheral presence at the club when, at 25, he should be becoming more influential.
Johan Djourou 8/10
Having missed over a year with a serious knee injury, his return coincided with a defensive shortage and he stepped into the breach admirably, not being on the losing side in the league until late April, when his form did start to fade. Has done enough to be first choice.
Emmanuel Eboue 6/10
The enigma of the Emirates – the man who was booed but then became a cult hero endured a difficult season spent largely on the bench, although he did start 19 games and pus Sagna hard for the right-back slot at times. He is always only going to be a squad player.
Lukasz Fabianski 7/10
While the goalkeeping limelight went to his compatriot Szczesny, the elder of the two Poles did actually hold the No1 spot in the autumn when Arsenal were playing well and winning at places like Everton and Manchester City. Probably No2 now, but it could be close.
Cesc Fabregas 6/10
It was always going to be a difficult season for the skipper after winning the World Cup and then flirting with Barcelona. His recurring hamstring problem limited him to just 22 league starts. Whether or not he stays at the club will be the story of the summer. Again.
Kieran Gibbs 6/10
Started 15 games but mostly in cups, and didn’t quite manage to oust Clichy as No1 left-back. His main problem is that he is still a lot better going forward than he is at defending, but he is only 21 and if Clichy does leave this summer he could get his big chance next season.
Laurent Koscielny 7/10
A decent first season will sadly always be remembered for his awful error at Wembley that cost Arsenal the Carling Cup. A steep learning curve after arriving from France and he was never expected to play 43 games. Inconsistent, but he does have some quality.
Samir Nasri 8/10
Quite brilliant from August to January, the Frenchman’s form mirrored that of the side in the latter part of the season. But 15 goals and some dynamic displays earned him a PFA Player of the Year nomination. Losing him this summer would be a huge blow to Wenger.
Aaron Ramsey 6/10
Made a slow but welcome return from his broken leg during loan spells at Forest and Cardiff, and showed in half a dozen appearances in April and May that he will be in the mix next season. Whether that is alongside Fabregas or instead of him remains to be seen.
Tomas Rosicky 4/10
Another who will claim he didn’t get many chances (19 starts, only eight in the league), but when he did step up he disappointed. Is this the same player who broke nets at the 2006 World Cup for the Czechs. It doesn’t look like it and his future is in question.
Bacary Sagna 7/10
Solid but not spectacular is a favourite sobriquet of right-backs over the years, although in fairness he was probably a little better than that. If there is one area of Arsenal’s defence that does not need improving, this is it. Selected in the Premier League XI of the season.
Alex Song 7/10
A mixed season – he was superb up until the new year and added a few vital goals to his repertoire, but struggled to be consistent after that and the balance of the midfield looked to be wrong by May. Is the best defensive midfielder at the club, but the competition isn’t fierce.
Sebastien Squillaci 4/10
Arrived from Sevilla last summer supposedly to bring steel and experience to the defence, but did the exact opposite and doesn’t look suited to the Premier League at all. His half-time substitution during the recent defeat to Aston Villa did not bode well for his future.
Wojciech Szczesny 8/10
This time last year he had just finished a loan spell at Brentford, now he is Arsenal’s No1 and in 24 did enough to suggest he is a keeper of real potential, but also that he is not the finished article yet. Just 21, it is likely Wenger will give him the chance to continue.
Robin van Persie 8/10
A quite remarkable scoring spree in the second half of the season saw him end with a total of 22 goals from just 26 starts, and he probably didn’t want the campaign to end. As always, if he could stay fit for a whole season, there is no limit to what he could achieve.
Thomas Vermaelen 5/10
Just how much his absence for all but the first two and last two weeks of the season cost Arsenal we will never know, but his reassuring presence was certainly missed. Will probably start next season as first-choice, depending on who arrives over the summer.
Theo Walcott 6/10
A player who possibly divides opinion among Arsenal fans more than any other. Is he a star in waiting or just a boy who will never become a man? Thirteen goals from 26 starts suggest an improvement, but he still cannot be relied upon to compete in every game.
Jack Wilshere 9/10
Last, but most definitely not least, his emergence for club and country has to be the saving grace of the season. Came into the side in August and played so well he could not be left out, starting more games than any other player. At 19, he truly has the world at his feet.