Top Three: Arsenal players of 2014

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We select the three top performers for Arsenal during the calendar year.

2014 has been a year of frustration for Arsenal supporters. Although the Gunners ended their nine year wait for a trophy by winning the FA Cup there is a feeling that the side has under-performed.

Arsenal have one of the most eye-catching forward lines in the entirety of European football, but they have been unable to launch a title challenge and pressure is building on Arsene Wenger as a result.

Despite these concerns, there have still been some stellar performers for the North London side and in this piece we take a look at their top three players over 2014.

3) Kieran Gibbs

Although Gibbs may not be a headline name for Arsenal he has been the most consistent member of their back line over the 12 months.

Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny were formidable at the heart of the defence last season, but they have struggled through the first half of the 2014-15 campaign, for differing reasons.

Koscielny has been ruled out for much of the season so far and without him Mertesacker has looked well off the pace.

Gibbs, though, is establishing himself as a key player for the Gunners. Although he is not their most talented individual, he is reliable and responsible and his function at left-back cannot be underestimated. 

2) Alexis Sanchez

If Sanchez had been at the Emirates for the entirety of the year, he surely would have been the club's best player overall, but he has to settle for second place because he only arrived in North London six months ago.

Sanchez has been a revelation since signing from Barcelona this summer and it is questionable where Arsenal would be in the table if he hadn't been part of their team. 

The Chilean has already notched 15 goals in English football and this total is set to increase in 2015. 

1) Aaron Ramsey

Although this season has been a struggle for Ramsey, his contribution over the entirety of the 12 months cannot be forgotten.

The Welsh international has gone from bright youngster to a key star over the course of the year and looks one of the Premier League's most complete midfielders.

Adept going forward and crucial to the side defensively, Ramsey boasts an enviable skill-set and he has showcased his talent this year. 

The 24-year-old scored 18 times last season, with one of those goals being the winner in the FA Cup final, and he already has six this time around. 

It has been a fine year for Ramsey and he will be hoping that 2015 can be just as good. 

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