1) Mesut Ozil
In past seasons the German playmaker has looked a waste of £42 million. This season however Mesut Ozil has been a shining star at Arsenal, justifying his price tag and looking like the best playmaker in the Premier League. Ozil was on fine form against Manchester City on Monday night and so far this season has justified his managers continued faith in him with an incredible 15 assists in 16 games, as well as two goals. Such form was not dissimilar to Cesc Fabregas’ wonderful start to the season this time last year. Ozil has made Arsenal into a far more cohesive attacking side.
2) Alexis Sanchez
Undoubtedly one of the best Premier League signings for any club in recent years. Sanchez has taken Arsenal up a level with his performances and this season has been no different with the Chile international having six times as well as being the clubs most prolific dribbler with 3.3 succesful dribbles per game. With such quality the fact he’s only managed one assist is a surprise but his presence in the side has been very important. Arsenal need him to be fit and in form to continue their charge to the title.
3) Olivier Giroud
Not always the top striker some wanted him to be when he signed and perhaps Arsenal are still a bit light up front but with ten goals in the league so far Giroud has definitely stepped up and proved to be an important player. A goal against City on Monday as well as a crucial hat-trick int he Champions League away win against Olympiakos highlight his importance and the fact that he has become a big game player for Arsenal. His rise perhaps reflects a decline in the Premier League but he is still undoubtedly a very useful player and one who has hit form at a good time. Again with Giroud he must stay fit.
4) Santi Cazorla
Cazorla has been a real driving force in the midfield for Arsenal this season having emerged as a top central midfielder in the Premier League over the last two or three seasons. He might not have many assists or many goals but he links the play very well and is their top passer with 82 accurate passes per game at a completion rate of just over 90%. Cazorla keeps the play ticking over and brings his team-mates into play making him a vital cog in Arsene Wenger’s machine.