Which Arsenal Players Are World Class?
Say whatever you will about Arsenal, one thing everyone has to agree on is the fact that their frontline is truly world class. Alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette is a dominating powerhouse up front, fully capable of burying his chances against even the toughest of Premier League defences.
Signed from Lyon for a then-club record of £46.5 million in the summer of 2017, Alexandre Lacazette was almost immediately touted as the long heralded successor to Thierry Henry as Arsenal's talismanic French forward.
Blessed with a great eye for goal, deceiving bursts of pace and strength more akin to a central defender, Lacazette's world credentials come from his all round excellence and ability to help his side in all manner of situations and positions.
The fact that he still only has 16 appearances for the French national side since his debut in 2013 is genuinely baffling.
The Creative Crown Jewel
Ever since his signing from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013, Mesut Ozil has attracted rave reviews and equally rave criticisms. Comments about his ability to perform in crunch games away from home have always hung around Ozil's head, however it is completely undeniable that the German is still the source of all of Arsenal's best moments of creativity.
His vision is still second to none in the Premier League and he has regularly attracted praise for his energetic and agility work off the ball. As polarising as he his brilliant, whatever your views on Mesut Ozil might be, there's no escaping the fact that when he is harnassed correctly Arsenal look a much stronger unit.
His trophy cabinet and admiration from the players around him should speak volumes about his standing within the game, and the exceptional talent he has at his disposal. There's still an exceptional amount of talent to utilise with Mesut Ozil for whoever finds themselves in the Arsenal dugout going forward.
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To summarise this one quite simply, if it weren't for the inhuman abilities of Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in recent times, Bernd Leno would easily be Germany's first choice goalkeeper and given the headline attention his skills deserve.
Signed by Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2018, it only took Bernd Leno a handful of games to win over the Gunners fans and dislodge the legendary figure of Petr Cech.
Leno is a goalkeeper built for the modern age of football, constantly evolving traditional style of goalkeeping to keep up to date with the increasingly elaborate ways teams attempt to overcome keepers. He has the capability to produce genuinely stunning saves out of the blue thanks to his impressive reach and has routinely showed a composure on the ball that makes him very good at playing out from the back.
A Position Locked Down For A Decade
Tierney and fellow full back Hector Bellerin remain two of Arsenal's most exciting prospects, however Bellerin's unfortunate injury issues have slightly hampered his progression over the past year or so.
Tierney arrived in North London from Scottish champions Celtic in the summer of 2019 already with well over a hundred first team appearances before his twenty-first birthday, and was seen as one of Europe's most talented and promising youngsters.
His professionalism on and off the pitch is truly something to marvel at for a player so young, his energy and enthusiasm is sorely missed in this Arsenal side when he isn't playing and his versatility both going forward and back makes him a model fullback for the modern game. On top of all of that, he is an exceptional crosser of the ball and can produce set pieces that will trouble any defence.
Kieran Tierney has all the talent in the world to make it to the highest stages of the game and looks set for a long and successful career.
Future French Maestro
Matteo Guendouzi was signed by Arsenal from second-tier French side Lorient in the summer of 2018, in what has to be regarded now as one of the bargain deals of the Premier League era.
Guendouzi is one of the most impressive players in the current Arsenal squad, regularly improving his all-round game whilst being called upon in some of the Gunners' most crucial matches. His tenacity and hunger to turn over possession is already a vital cog in Arsenal's midfield and his energy off the ball regularly sees him come out with the most distance covered and most touches on the ball of any player on the pitch.
It will be fascinating to see Guendouzi's game develop as his experience grows, however the fact that the Frenchman is already being touted as a possible target for big clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain is telling of the talent Arsenal have in their ranks.