Premier League 2017-18: Best player from each of the Top 6
Manchester City have dominated the league and clinched the title a few weeks ago when Manchester United failed to beat West Brom. Apart from their blitzkrieg, the rest of the top 6 sides have been close proximity in terms of points collected this season.
Though the gap between the champions and the sixth-placed Arsenal is a steep 33 points, each team has gone through their own set of challenges to earn a respectable finish. Here, we look at one best player from each of the top-six clubs in the league table.
#6 Arsenal: Nacho Monreal
Arsenal have endured a horrific Premier League season. They have been inconsistent, and now only a Europa League triumph can allow them to qualify for the Champions League next season. Hence, their players have been accordingly inconsistent too, and that makes it difficult to figure out one player who can be lauded for good performances over the course of the season.
In such case, Nacho Monreal comes up as a notable option for this list. The Spaniard has been a constant presence in an oft-rotated Arsenal backline and has regularly inspired the other players with his outings on the field. He has made good use of his game-awareness to thwart off attacks, while he promotes Arsene Wenger’s ideology of playing out from the back too. Another fascinating aspect of Monreal this season has been his constant goal-scoring ability.
His tendency to play the ball out from the back is visible from his 89% passing accuracy; something that goes on to solidify the fact that he hardly misplaces a pass or gives the ball away to the opposition. Almost 69% of his passes have been forward passes and that highlights Monreal's ball playing abilities too. Monreal has played both as a left-sided centre-half and also as a traditional left back too.
He has scored five goals this season; to put that into perspective, Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck have scored just four and five goals respectively despite being traditional forwards. Arsenal’s backline needs some dire reinforcements, but Nacho Monreal’s future should be secured in the club due to his somewhat heroic performances this season.
Honourable Mentions: Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey