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All of the above players have been capable, we’ve just been waiting, and it’s a relief that they have begun to realize their potential.
Samir Nasri, who didn’t even get into the French World Cup squad, has taken the Premiership by storm this season. A Player of the Year nominee, he has proven to be quicker, stronger and have more cutting edge than most gave him credit for.
Jack Wilshere, Johan Djourou and Wojiech Szczesny are all young players who have been waiting for the time to shine. Wilshere won the award for the Young Player of the Year, and came second in the Golden Boy awardings. He’s also someone who will probably get over 100 caps for England, such is his calmness and authority in midfield.
Djourou has been, for me, the best central defender we have had this season. While he is still capable of making a mistake, this can be attributed to age, and he definitely has all the right elements to become a solid defender, with Thomas Vermaelen, for years to come.
Szczesny had a baptism of fire, starting for the first time in the league away to Manchester United. His distribution was poor, but apart from that he was solid. Since then he has improved his distribution, not let a massive mistake (in the Carling Cup final) affect his confidence, and you’d have to say he’s probably now the first choice goalkeeper at Arsenal, at just 21.
When Wenger said, "I believe one day he will be the No. 1 at Arsenal, certainly," he probably hadn’t thought it would be so soon.
There are more players that could be mentioned. Alex Song has had a great season. Robin van Persie has scored consistently. Despite the Barcelona issue, Cesc Fabregas has been on form. Theo Walcott is also becoming a serious danger when he gets into form, despite his supposed lack of football intelligence.