While Alexis Sanchez , Francis Coquelin and Santi Carzola have carted away the players of the season awards, some players had a season they would want to forget in a hurry.
Many gooners had great hopes in these players but they failed to deliver and were left in the shadow of other players that stood up to be counted.
This week, the Arsenal Roundtable brings you those players that dissapointed us greatly and hope for that if they remain at the club next season, they would do better.
AIREMEN UWAGBALE. @UwaAiremen
I don’t think we need a genius to tell us why. This young lad made his Arsenal debut at 16 against Blackburn in 2008 international debut at 18 against Hungary and we all thought he was the best thing we had seen since sliced bread. But 7 years after, when he should be the mainstay of the Arsenal and England midfield that role has been taken Santi and Henderson respectively and deservedly so I might add. Barring that awesome strike towards the end of the season and the game against City in September, he largely had a season to forget. Ramsey had this breakout season 2013/2014, when is Wilshere’s going to come. Though Arsenal through and through, fans are getting impatient with the 23 year old. His trademark injury inviting style of holding on to the ball unnecessarily.
Jeffery Omah @jefrie1804
With injuries to Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini became the only senior holding midfilder left for Arsenal, ordinarily, one will expect that with all the experience he has in EPL, he will capitalise on this opportunity and make the holding midfield position his. But no! He could not. It was a certain 22 year-old Francis Coquelin, loaned out to a Championship side – Charlton Athletic, who was not happy when Arsène Wenger had to prematurely call off his loan spell as he thought he was just called up to act as a cover up that stole the defensive midfield position and make it look like it is going to be permanently his! Through out 2014/15 season, one will barely pick a game in which Flamini stood out. I do not think he has with it takes to play for a big club like Arsenal. Maybe Wenger needs to cash him in so as to ease Arsenal’s wage bill possibly get a few pounds from him.
TONI OKIKE (founder of goonerdaily blog)
Arsenal was expected get a better alternative to Olivier Giroud and the fans were happy when the club aimed for the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez but we know how it panned out. Higuain is busy banging goals with consummate ease in Italy while Suarez is a treble winner.
It seemed as if the Gunners weren’t going to buy a new striker till the unfortunate happened. Giroud suffered an injury and Wenger having no trust in Yaya Sanogo and Lukas Podolski, he had to go sign a new center forward – in came, Danny Welbeck.
I was a bit skeptical about him because I’d watched him play for Manchester United a couple of times and I wasn’t really impressed. However, he made me shut up when he scored a hat-trick against Galatasaray and I was ready to see what he could offer to the team. As the games went on, Welbeck continued to struggle and Giroud came back from his injury and took his spot back from the Englishman. Welbeck was moved to the wings and wasn’t really effective.
Even Theo Walcott came back from a long term injury and got into the scoring act. Welbeck will always be in my good books for scoring the goal that sent Manchester United packing from the FA Cup, but in all honesty, he was my most disappointing player this season.
IYOHA SAMUEL @blueprintsammy
It has to be the pole, nobody else. Two seasons back, i tipped four players to pick up the mantle of best keepers in the world from Petr Cech, Buffon and Casillas. In the two years, the keepers have had varying level of success. They are:
David De Gea: has won keeper of the 2014/2015 season and Manchester United player of the season consecutively. He is almost certain to make a dream move to Madrid this season and is surely going to be Spain number one sooner than later.
Marc-Andre Ter Stergen: saw this guy’s light from his Gladbach days. Made a move to Barcelona and is just fresh from winning he treble. Is surely the heir to Manuel’s Neuer German throne.
Thibaaut Courtois: has won the league and the Spanish Cup with Athletico Madrid. Came to Chelsea and unseated legendary Petr Cech from his throne. Fresh from winning the league and he is on the up!
Wojeich Szczesny: started the 2014/ 2015 season as Arsenal and Poland number One. Unseated by David Ospina and his former deputy Fabianski at both teams. Caught smoking many times and known for his constant verbal war with his father. It would take something special for him to get back his Arsenal place especially with rumours of Petr Cech’s imminent arrival.