The votes are in and it’s time to announce the results.
No, not the general election, although I’m sure Arsenal fan Jeremy Corbyn is very happy with his own performance, it’s the results of the Arsenal Insider Awards.
We had four awards for you to vote on, and the winners of each are as follows.
Player of the Year- Alexis Sanchez
I assumed that Alexis Sanchez would win the player of the year award by a landslide, and I wasn’t wrong.
Receiving 57% of the votes, the Chilean beat Laurent Koscielny (22%) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (21%) to the award.
Sanchez carried Arsenal for a large portion of the season and I dread to think what would have been without his 30 goals and 19 assists across all competitions.
His future may be up in the air and we all hope that he decides to stay, but, for now, congratulations to Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal Insider Player of the Year.
Young Player of the Year- Rob Holding
“I’m sorry Rob Holding didn’t cost £50 million”.
That was the quote used by Arsene Wenger at the start of the season when questioned about his spending.
Despite only costing £2 million from Bolton, aged just 21 and with no Premier League experience, Holding came into the side towards the end of the season when Wenger switched to a back three.
The Englishman excelled and the fans have fallen in love with him, comparing him to Italian defensive great and Balon d’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro, while also voting him Arsenal Insider Young Player of the Year.
With 65% of the votes, Holding beat Oxlade-Chamberlain (23%) and Hector Bellerin (12%) to the award, and it was a well-deserved victory, despite only making 20 appearances across all competitions.
Goal of the Season- Olivier Giroud v Crystal Palace
This was an interesting one.
Mesut Ozil’s wonderful solo effort against Ludogorets in the UEFA Champions League raced into an early lead but, Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick at home to Crystal Palace saw a late surge of votes to win the Goal of the Season award.
The quality of both goals cannot be disputed and both would have been worthy winners.
Giroud’s sublime effort took 44% of the votes, compared to 31% for Ozil.
Granit Xhaka’s long range thunderbolt against Hull City came in third with 13% of the votes, while Player of the Season Alexis Sanchez had to settle for 1% on both of his nominated goals.
Game of the Season- Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea, Saturday 24th September 2016
The first-half battering of eventual league champions Chelsea was a really season highlight, and you agreed, with the performance winning Game of the Season.
Taking a massive 60% of the vote, it was an easy winner, with the FA Cup Semi-Final display against Manchester City picking up 40% of the votes, meaning the 6-0 thumping of Ludogorets received a measly 0%.
However, had the nominations been made after the FA Cup Final, I think we may have seen a very different result.