In the course of the 2012-13 campaign, Arsenal had some players that worked their skins off and produced the goods on a weekly basis, even if it wasn’t enough to end the club’s everlasting trophy drought.
In goal, Wojciech Szczesny had the lion’s share of game time but Lukasz Fabianski had a rare stint in goal that was highly productive. The defense was manned by Per Mertesacker on a regular basis but while Bacary Sagna and Thomas Vermaelen struggled for fitness and form, the performances of Laurent Koscielny, Carl Jenkinson and of course, the intense battle between Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal were worth commending.
The midfield had an interesting outlook with injuries robbing the club of the services of Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby but while Mikel Arteta was a standout performer all season long, Rosicky’s renaissance and Aaron Ramsey’s late season flourish were heartwarming to say the least.
Santi Cazorla, however, was in a realm of his own.
In attack, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud had to combine to fill van Persie’s scoring boots (there was still some space in the boots though). While the likes of Gervinho and the Ox failed to impress, Theo Walcott’s goalscoring form was a vast improvement in more ways than one.
At the end of the 2012-13 campaign, Arsenal would look back on the season with shame, bearing in mind that they were ousted from two winnable domestic cup competitions by lower opposition that would’ve been defeated any other day.
Even if they could take some solace with the Champions League exit in the hands of the eventual winners, the Premier League campaign turned out to be another topsy-turvy adventure that just saw the Gunners sniff at the final Champions League spot on the last day of the season.
After accessing the squad, Arsene Wenger and his negotiating chums got busy and many of these players have new employers.
Here’s an overview of Arsenal’s offloaded deadwood this summer.