Power Ranking Every Arsenal Player from the 2013/14 Premier League Season

James McNicholasFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2014

Power Ranking Every Arsenal Player from the 2013/14 Premier League Season

0 of 25

    Michael Regan/Getty Images

    Arsenal's season may not yet be over—they have a date with destiny at Wembley on May 17—but their Premier League campaign certainly is.

    Arsenal will look back on 2013/14 as a season marked by progress and punctuated by regrets. Although it was comforting for Arsenal to have their top-four status confirmed before the final day of the season, the Gunners will feel that greater consistency in the second half of the season could have seen them in the midst of the fight for the title.

    In this piece, we rank the individual contribution of every Arsenal squad member to the Premier League campaign. The number of times each player has played in the league is obviously a consideration, but what they managed to achieve in those minutes is almost as important. A cameo and late winner to secure three points is arguably more valuable than a string of listless performances.

    Go to the next slide to begin the countdown of the biggest contributors to Arsenal's Premier League campaign.

25-27: Ryo Miyaichi, Chuba Akpom and Abou Diaby

1 of 25

    Jan Kruger/Getty Images

    27. Ryo Miyaichi

    Ryo Miyaichi was once heralded as a rising star of world football. After an impressive loan spell at Feyenoord, there were high hopes for the Japanese winger. However, a combination of injuries and an inability to adapt to the demands of the Premier League have curtailed his progress. It wouldn't be surprise if he were to leave Arsenal this summer.

    Appearances (starts + sub): 0 + 1

    Goals: 0

    Yellow cards: 0

    Red cards: 0

     

    26. Chuba Akpom

    Chuba Akpom might feel a little hard done by this season. He made just one Premier League appearance, in an away win at Sunderland, before being shunted out on a succession of underwhelming loan deals. With Arsenal struggling for an alternative to Olivier Giroud, the lively Akpom might have been better served by remaining in North London.

    Appearances (starts + sub): 0 + 1

    Goals: 0

    Yellow cards: 0

    Red cards: 0

     

    25. Abou Diaby

    Abou Diaby had to wait until the final day of the season to make his sole contribution to Arsenal's Premier League cause. With 16 minutes to play, he was introduced as a substitute for his first appearance in almost a year. Diaby will hope that 2014/15 brings him a change in fortune.

    Appearances (starts + sub): 0 + 1

    Goals: 0

    Yellow cards: 0

    Red cards: 0

24. Lukasz Fabianski

2 of 25

    Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

    Lukasz Fabianski was on course to go the entire Premier League season without contributing. Until the final day, Wojciech Szczesny had played every league fixture for Arsenal. Against Norwich, that record was interrupted and Fabianski was handed what will surely be his final league appearance for the Gunners.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 1 + 0

    Clean sheets: 1

    Yellow cards: 0

    Red cards: 0

23. Kim Kallstrom

3 of 25

    Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

    Kim Kallstrom was an emergency signing in January to cover for the injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere. As such, he was never likely to play a key part in the Gunners' league campaign. However, his fleeting appearances have shown him to be an assured passer and powerful physical presence.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 1 + 2

    Goals: 0

    Yellow cards: 1

    Red cards: 0

22. Yaya Sanogo

4 of 25

    Michael Regan/Getty Images

    Yaya Sanogo made eight Premier League appearances, all of which came as a substitute. Although Wenger showed faith to start him in both the Champions League and the FA Cup, Olivier Giroud invariably got the nod in the league.

    Sanogo is still waiting for his first Arsenal goal. Had he scored a couple in his brief appearances, he might have found himself higher up this ranking.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 0 + 8

    Goals: 0

    Yellow cards: 0

    Red cards: 0

21. Carl Jenkinson

5 of 25

    Michael Regan/Getty Images

    Carl Jenkinson's high point of the season arrived on the final day, when he scored his first Arsenal goal against Norwich. Prior to that, this had been a quiet campaign for the Englishman. The consistency of Bacary Sagna has meant that he has had to bide his time on the sidelines. Jenkinson will hope that Sagna's probable departure this summer will present him with more opportunities to impress next season.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 7 + 7

    Goals: 1

    Yellow cards: 2

    Red cards: 0

20. Serge Gnabry

6 of 25

    Scott Heavey/Getty Images

    Around the turn of the new year, Serge Gnabry seemed set to play a massive part in Arsenal's title charge. When Theo Walcott succumbed to a cruciate ligament injury, Gnabry seemed primed to take his place. A goal away to Swansea capped an excellent spell of form. However, since then he has faded. Injuries have certainly played a part, as has his relative inexperience. Next season could be the breakthrough for the gifted German.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 5 + 4

    Goals: 1

    Yellow cards: 0

    Red cards: 0

19. Nicklas Bendtner

7 of 25

    Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

    Nicklas Bendtner has disappeared from contention in the second half of the season. However, unlike Yaya Sanogo, he did at least contribute a couple of goals to the Arsenal cause. Strikes against Hull and Cardiff City helped propel Arsenal to the top of the Premier League table.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 1 + 8

    Goals: 2

    Yellow cards: 0

    Red cards: 0

18. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

8 of 25

    Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's season has been severely disrupted by injury. He was picked to play the first Premier League game of the campaign against Aston Villa, but a serious knee injury then ruled him out for more than half the season. Since returning, he has shown flashes of brilliance, but has struggled to get a consistent run in the side.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 6 + 8

    Goals: 2

    Yellow cards: 0

    Red cards: 0

17. Thomas Vermaelen

9 of 25

    Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

    Thomas Vermaelen may be Arsenal's club captain, but this season he was a clear reserve for the first-choice defensive pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

    When called upon, he has been competent. Notably, he performed well in the home draw with Manchester City. However, Vermaelen is widely expected to leave Arsenal this summer in search of more regular football.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 7 + 7

    Goals: 0

    Yellow cards: 0

    Red cards: 0

16. Nacho Monreal

10 of 25

    Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

    The battle between Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs makes left-back one of the most hotly-contested spots in the Arsenal team. Monreal is a Spanish international, and he is not content with playing second fiddle to Gibbs. This season, Arsene Wenger has kept Monreal happy by rotating him with Gibbs, as well as using the left-back to help close out games on the wing.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 13 + 10

    Goals: 0

    Yellow cards: 2

    Red cards: 0

15. Theo Walcott

11 of 25

    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    The injuries to Theo Walcott have hit Arsenal hard this season. When fit, he was very effective. Arguably the highlight of his campaign was a quick-fire double against West Ham on Boxing Day. Sadly, Arsenal's top scorer in 2012/13 was seen all too infrequently this term. All focus is now on recovering in time to make a more sustained impact next year.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 9 + 4

    Goals: 5

    Yellow cards: 1

    Red cards: 0

14. Tomas Rosicky

12 of 25

    Paul Gilham/Getty Images

    Tomas Rosicky has become one of the most reliable men in Arsene Wenger's squad. On the big occasions, Wenger loves to turn to the Czech midfielder's combination of guile and graft. Rosicky will be particularly pleased with the cracking goal he scored at White Hart Lane to win the North London derby. Eight bookings show the evolution of Rosicky's game: he's no longer afraid to get stuck in.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 17 + 10

    Goals: 2

    Yellow cards: 8

    Red cards: 0

13. Jack Wilshere

13 of 25

    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    Jack Wilshere will look back on 2013/14 as a season of progress. His form was up and down, but he survived without significant damage to his troublesome ankle. When Aaron Ramsey was unavailable at the turn of the year, Wilshere stepped up with a string of influential performances.

    He also scored the best goal of Arsenal's season when he volleyed home to round off a remarkable team move at home to Norwich.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 19 + 5

    Goals: 3

    Yellow cards: 6

    Red cards: 0

12. Santi Cazorla

14 of 25

    Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

    Santi Cazorla hasn't quite lived up to his astonishing first season in English football, but a Premier League tally of four goals and eight assists is still a creditable return. In time, his growing understanding with Mesut Ozil should enable Arsenal to field one of the most creative attacking midfields in the country.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 30 + 1

    Goals: 4

    Yellow cards: 2

    Red cards: 0

11. Lukas Podolski

15 of 25

    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    A hamstring problem kept Lukas Podolski out of most of the first half of Arsenal's season. However, he has returned to show his worth. When Arsenal needed someone to score the goals to help them secure fourth place, Podolski stepped up. The German international scored four times in two matches against West Ham and Hull to help take Arsenal back to the Champions League.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 14 + 6

    Goals: 8

    Yellow cards: 0

    Red cards: 0

10. Mathieu Flamini

16 of 25

    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    Since returning to Arsenal last summer, Mathieu Flamini has been a hugely influential figure at the club. It was as much a question of attitude as ability: Flamini is a born competitor and helped imbue the Arsenal side with the winning mentality that took them to the summit of the Premier League.

    His role has decreased in the latter part of the season, but his impact can't be underestimated. 

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 18 + 9

    Goals: 2

    Yellow cards: 8

    Red cards: 1

9. Mikel Arteta

17 of 25

    Alex Livesey/Getty Images

    Mikel Arteta comes in for regular criticism from the Arsenal fans, but his importance to the team should not be underestimated. He gives shape to the midfield and sets the tempo for the Gunners' passing game. The Spaniard will be 33 next season, so Arsene Wenger must start thinking about how to replace the former Everton man.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 27 + 4

    Goals: 2

    Yellow cards: 3

    Red cards: 1

8. Kieran Gibbs

18 of 25

    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    Kieran Gibbs continued his growth into one of the league's most accomplished full-backs during 2013/14. His box-to-box sprints have long been an enthralling facet of his game, but this season he has shown signs of adding defensive nous to complement his attacking instincts.

    Given his ability on the ball, Gibbs really ought to score more goals. If he can turn his overlapping runs in to end product, regular international recognition is surely not far away.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 24 + 4

    Goals: 0

    Yellow cards: 2

    Red cards: 0

7. Mesut Ozil

19 of 25

    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    Mesut Ozil will reflect on a decent first season in the Premier League. Twenty-five starts have brought him five goals and nine assists. However, his arrival has had a broader impact upon the side, inspiring the likes of Aaron Ramsey to the best form of their career.

    Having acclimatised to English football, Ozil will hope to push on next year. With the talent he possesses, there is nothing to stop him from being No. 1 in this list for 2014/15.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 25 + 1

    Goals: 5

    Yellow cards: 0

    Red cards: 0

6. Bacary Sagna

20 of 25

    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    Bacary Sagna's outstanding performances throughout the season have served as a painful reminder of what Arsenal will miss when he is gone. The Frenchman looks certain to walk away in the summer, and replacing him will be no easy task.

    On the final day at Norwich, Sagna put in an accomplished display at centre-back. His versatility is yet another aspect of his play that will be sorely missed.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 34 + 1

    Goals: 1

    Yellow cards: 6

    Red cards: 0

5. Olivier Giroud

21 of 25

    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    Olivier Giroud's second season in English football has seen a marked improvement. A total of 16 goals and eight assists shows he is anything but the carthorse he is sometimes made out to be. He's shown remarkable stamina too, playing more minutes than just about any other centre-forward in the division.

    Had Giroud scored more goals against Arsenal's title rivals, he might find himself even higher in these rankings.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 36

    Goals: 16

    Yellow cards: 4

    Red cards: 0

4. Wojciech Szczesny

22 of 25

    Paul Gilham/Getty Images

    This has been Wojciech Szczesny's best season in an Arsenal shirt. He finished with 16 clean sheets—along with Petr Cech, that's the best in the Premier League.

    Last summer, there was some talk that Arsenal could look to replce Szczesny with a more experienced 'keeper. Now, that seems unthinkable. Arsene Wenger's faith in the Pole has been richly rewarded.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 37

    Clean sheets: 16

    Yellow cards: 2

    Red cards: 0

3. Laurent Koscielny

23 of 25

    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    Laurent Koscielny's progress continues to amaze. When Arsenal signed him from Lorient, the central defender was practically unknown in England. He's now recognised as one of the best defenders in Europe.

    Koscielny's partnership with Per Mertesacker formed the foundation of Arsenal's title challenge. Disastrous results away to major rivals should not be allowed to detract too heavily from a superb season.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 32

    Goals: 2

    Yellow cards: 1

    Red cards: 1

2. Aaron Ramsey

24 of 25

    Scott Heavey/Getty Images

    Minute for minute, Aaron Ramsey has undoubtedly been Arsenal's best player this season. 10 goals and eight assists would be a good record if he'd played every game. To contribute that much in just 20 starts is remarkable.

    Sadly, injury halted Ramsey's season. His four-month absence hit Arsenal hard and is one of the primary reasons behind the collapse of their title challenge.

    Since returning, Ramsey has shown his early season form was no fluke. His fitness will be key to Arsenal's ambitions in 2014/15.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 20 + 3

    Goals: 10

    Yellow cards: 3

    Red cards: 0

1. Per Mertesacker

25 of 25

    Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

    No player has made such a sustained and positive contribution to Arsenal's season as Per Mertesacker. Playing 35 of the 38 Premier League games tells its own story: he has been a consistent, towering presence.

    For much of the season, Arsenal had an unfamiliar security about their defensive play. For that, Mertesacker must take most credit. He is a natural organiser and an instinctive leader. If Thomas Vermaelen does leave the club this summer, Mertesacker seems likely to take over as captain.

    It would be a fitting reward for an outstanding campaign.

     

    Appearances (starts + sub): 35

    Goals: 2

    Yellow cards: 3

    Red cards: 0