Thanks to everyone who voted in this week’s series of polls to select our Players of the Season in a number of different categories.
We had hundreds of votes in every poll and some fascinating results.
In each case I will give the top three players and the percentage of the vote they received. There’s no need to publish the lower end of the scoring, although you may be interested to know that every player in every category got at least some votes: yes, some people even voted Willian our Attacking Player of the Year. It takes all sorts I suppose.
So let’s start with the big one:
Player of the Season
Winner: BUKAYO SAKA – 55%
Runner-up: Kieran Tierney – 9%
Third Equal: Granit Xhaka/Nicolas Pepe – 8%
Congratulations to Bukayo. It’s hard to argue with that result. He has been outstanding this season and even when he seemed tired towards the end of the campaign he still managed to make telling contributions. When you think about how young he is you can only be excited about where he can go from here.
And to add to his garlands, let’s move on to the next category:
Young Player of the Season
Winner: BUKAYO SAKA – 51%
Runner-up: Emile Smith Rowe – 35%
Third: Kieran Tierney – 10%
At least the next category will give someone else a look in – Saka was not among the nominees for this one.
Most Improved Player of the Season
Winner: NICOLAS PEPE – 53%
Runner-up: Rob Holding – 17%
Third Equal: Granit Xhaka/Calum Chambers – 9%
It seemed to take Nico a long time to convince Mikel Arteta to have faith in him, but his contribution in the second half of the season was very good. He can be lethal cutting in from the wings and shooting with great accuracy. His two goals in the final game of the season against Brighton were perfect examples, both placed with power rather than blasted with hope. He could be huge for us next season if this upturn in his form continues.
Now we move on to the most popular players in the three areas of defence, midfield and attack.
Defensive Player of the Season
Winner: KIERAN TIERNEY – 55%
Runner-up: Rob Holding – 21%
Third: Gabriel – 7%
No big surprises here. Tierney has rapidly established himself as one of the best fullbacks in the EPL. Rob Holding’s second place is fair reward for a mostly solid and consistent season despite playing alongside a constantly changing rota of CB partners.
Midfield Player of the Season
Winner: BUKAYO SAKA – 47%
Runner-up: Emile Smith Rowe – 24%
Third: Granit Xhaka – 19%
Saka again, but it’s nice to see a lot of votes for ESR, who is my favourite player to watch in the current squad. Xhaka gets deserved recognition for a strong and consistent second half of the campaign.
Attacking Player of the Season
Winner: NICOLAS PEPE – 52%
Runner-up: Alexandre Lacazette – 34%
Third: Gabriel Martinelli – 9%
I wonder how many people would have predicted at Christmas that the Ivorian would be the fans’ attacking player of the season by the end of May? Not many, that’s for sure. The unproductive Willian occupied the space that should have been Pepe’s for the first half of the season but Nico certainly seized his chance when he got back into the first team rotation.
So, a great night at the Arsenal Oscars for Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe, with Kieran Tierney also getting among the honours.
Happy with the results? Outraged? The comment section is there to capture your thoughts…