Olivier Giroud – 7.5/10
While the HFB hasn’t convinced everyone 17 goals and 10 assists in his first season is far from a calamity. Took a while to get going, which is understandable because he was in a new team in a league, but has been solid overall. It certainly gives him a good platform to improve next season and if Arsene Wenger goes out and buys another this summer then we’ll have options, something the team lacked this season.
Highlight of the season: The goal against Sp*rs may not have been his best, but illustrated his ability close to goal as well as any other, and he scored more goals from inside the 6 yard box than any other Premier League player this season.
Lowlight of the season: A bad miss on the first day of the season, could have given us all three points.
Season trivia: Set to star in a biopic of Charles Aznavour, directed by Eric Cantona
Next season: May have competition for his place which will hopefully be something he and the team thrives on.
Theo Walcott – 8/10
Had more consistent patches than in any other season and statistically has had his best season by a long, long way. 21 goals and 14 assists is up there with the best in the league, so while there are frustrations about his game, it’s impossible to argue with the numbers.
Highlight of the season: A pair of hat-tricks (against Reading and Newcastle), and hugely important goals in the run-in against QPR and Man United.
Lowlight of the season: That patch of inconsistency which coincided with him signing his new contract.
Season trivia: His latest book, 50 Shades of TJ, is proving a massive hit with middle-aged housewives and priests alike.
Next season: Fingers crossed he can do it again, and as he matures, produce more.
Lukas Podolski – 7/10
16 goals and 11 assists is a good return considering he was substituted more often than any other player in history, missed a good chunk of games and was carrying an injury through most of the season. Seems to enjoy life at the club and is far from the failure some pundits have claimed.
Highlight of the season: Arsenal’s goal of the season against Montpellier in the Champions League. Oh, and this.
Lowlight of the season: Missing the away trip to Bayern Munich where he would undoubtedly have scored a load against his former club.
Season trivia: Having invented techno music back in 1992 has now fashioned a brand new musical instrument which he calls the Bumblecrip.
Next season: Despite the good numbers it’s hard to see exactly where he fits into the team. Seems to lack the engine to play wide and the presence to play up front on his own. Perhaps his future depends on a change of system, but hopefully he can kick on next season.
Gervinho – 5/10
Early season goals and promise? Why Mr Gervinho, with this effectiveness you are spoiling us. Then he took the Fererro Rocher away and replaced it with the crumbly bits from the bottom of a box of Coco Pops. Bleurgh.
Highlight of the season: A two goal salvo against Southampton, one of which saw him hit the ball with real power.
Lowlight of the season: Bradford. Now let us never speak of this again.
Season trivia: Was offered a job as a lighthouse because of his intensely shiny dome.
Next season: If somebody offered us some money for him, or he could be used as part of a deal for a player we want (Gonalons *cough*), then it’d probably best for all concerned if he played somewhere else next season.
Andrei Arshavin – 0.01/10
He arrived a genuine star but this season played just 79 minutes of Premier League football. People are quick to blame Arsene Wenger for not using him correctly but seem all too willing to overlook the fact Arshavin is an overweight, unfit lazy pudding.
Highlight of the season: Played pretty well against Reading in the Capital One Cup, to be fair.
Lowlight of the season: Coming on as a sub at Stamford Bridge. When Arsenal need a goal, the game just passed him by and he never tried to get involved. That was the last time he ever pulled on an Arsenal shirt.
Season trivia: Is now fully behind a woman’s right to drive a car and will contemplate them having the vote if his demands are met.
Next season: Somewhere else as his contract expires at the end of June.
Marouane Chamakh – 0.5/10
Scored twice against Reading in the Capital One Cup, good goals too, but other than that made no impact on our season whatsoever. Shipped out on loan to West Ham, where he didn’t feature at all from the end of January. Waster.
Highlight of the season: The goals referenced above.
Lowlight of the season: Everything else.
Season trivia: Has a major crush on Sarah Palin but is banned from Alaska in case he slips into the season and causes another Exxon Valdez.
Next season: Bordeaux say they’ll take him back if they don’t have to pay anything. We should pack his bag, and give him an envelope full of £20s just to make sure.
Please note: Ratings as provided by Arseblog and the Arseblog News Hound are based on our overall feeling, rather than an aggregate of their scores in the post-match ratings articles.