At best, Arsenal can finish the season as FA Cup-winning also-rans; at worst, they could end it trophyless and without Champions League football for the first time since Arsene Wenger took charge of the club.
Indeed, it’s been far from a stellar campaign at the Emirates Stadium, with on-field issues flooding into off-field ones and vice versa, not to mention the potential for a massive exodus in the summer as contracts of key players continue to wind down.
Nonetheless, it hasn’t all been bad news for the north London outfit this season and amid the drama, certain individuals have really stood out. With that in mind, we asked Arsenal fans earlier this week who deserves this year’s Player of the Season award in FootballFanCast’s exclusive poll.
Record signing Mesut Ozil missed out on the top three, but here’s a look at the stars who made it…
Shkodran Mustafi arrived at the Emirates Stadium last summer with a big reputation and hefty price-tag but has mostly lived up to his billing, proving the ideal partner for Laurent Koscielny at centre-back.
It still feels as if we haven’t seen the absolute best of the Germany international just yet but he’s got all the prerequisites to become a real star within Arsenal’s XI and Gunners fans have clearly been impressed with his performances so far.
Arsenal have been far from strong defensively this season, but their fans appear determined to exonerate Laurent Koscielny from any blame.
In fairness, he’s been close to a one-man band at the heart of defence at times, keeping opposition attacks at bay almost single-handed, and has established himself as one of the few genuine leaders within the first-team squad. With him and Mustafi both featuring in our poll’s top three, Arsenal may be a much stronger defensive force next season.
No prizes for guessing this one. Alexis Sanchez’s contract situation may still be lingering over north London like a dark cloud but there’s no question his performances have been head and shoulders above the rest of his team-mates on the most part this season, topping their squad for both goals and assists in the Premier League – and playing a part in 44% of his side’s top-flight goals.
The real question now is whether the Chile international will commit his future to the club or leave during the next transfer window.