Following the end of 2014 the ensuing hectic festive period, Arsene Wenger sat down with the club’s official website and discussed the highs and lows of 2014.
A number of intriguing conversations appeared, such as the key moments of the year, the World Cup and how the tournament in Brazil affected a number of first-team players.
Yet, arguably the one question which reporters were itching to know was the French boss’s opinion on the most improved player throughout the year.
A number of players stood out as huge developers, though it was Oxlade-Chamberlain who was the first name mentioned as Wenger praised the progression of his younger stars.
“Basically the young players. I believe Oxlade-Chamberlain is a different player today than he was one year ago,” Wenger explained to the club’s official website.
“Ramsey had an outstanding year of course. It’s a shame that Wilshere got injured because he was just coming back to his real level in the last three months.”
“Gibbs has also moved on a lot. Szczesny and all the other young players have moved up a level too.”
While the Gunners’ position in the table compared to this time last season might not reflect a significant improvement, there is no doubt that a succession of injuries have hindered the squad this season.
Since the start of December, only Manchester City have taken more points than the North Londoners and in last Sunday’s win over the Citizens there was an evident maturity among the younger players.