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article-1298836840766-0d63efed000005dc-111963_636x416As the season draws to a close, Arsenal News HQ takes a look at three of the five candidates for Arsenal player of the season.

3.Laurent Koscielny

When the Frenchman first arrived at Arsenal, he was dismissed in his first game. Although he had his moments(Barca at home), his season was characterized by glaring errors and his nadir was that infamous mix up with Szczesny at Wembley against Birmingham. From that error prone defender who cost his team the points to the man who has world class strikers in his pockets, Kozzer has grown by leaps and bounds. He is lightning quick and is also a tough tackler. His speed and agility combined with Mertesacker’s composure brought about a stability for Arsenal’s defence. Their partnership laid the foundation on which our title race was built this season. Is there a better man marker than him, I seriously doubt. Also where was Sturridge at the Emirates when Liverpool visited us?

4.Wojciech Szczesny

The Pole is undoubtedly our number one and increasingly becoming world class. He has improved his decision making and is less hasty these days, however he is still susceptible to the odd rush of blood. Hopefully that will be ironed out with some experience. Szczesny has single handedly kept Arsenal in some games. (Palace away and opening quarter at Hull). The decision to drop him last season was the kick in the tooth he needed and from then on, he has never looked back. Fabianski will all but leave in the summer and Arsenal may be in the hunt for a new goalkeeper but whoever comes in, the Pole will be the main man in goal.

5.Bacary Sagna

Arguably the league’s best right back, Bac is back. He has returned to his best after suffering from two leg breaks in a year. Whenever Sagna’s name props up, it is followed up by his contract situation. It is in kind of a limbo and there is no progression from both sides. Arsenal have submitted an offer and Sagna, this being his last big contract apparently wants a bigger package. I won’t hold any grudges against him were he not to extend his contract, he has been an excellent servant for the club and I respect his decision. If he were to leave any English club that would be painful though.