Arsenal player ratings 2019/20: Redemption key to Mikel Arteta’s progress as true leaders emerge

Bernd Leno: Had it not been for the German, Arsenal would have been in deep trouble this season. At the start of the campaign, he was key to ensuring they didn’t drop too far down the table and was a crucial part of turning draws to wins after the February winter break. His injury was unfortunate but he was already a standout player at this point. 9

Emi Martinez: Stepped up extremely well in Leno’s absence. His first action was to deny a venomous volley from Aaron Mooy at the Amex and the 27-year-old backed that concentration and skill with each passing game. Instrumental to the FA Cup success it’s no wonder he is set for contract talks.8

Hector Bellerin: Returning from his ACL injury at the start of the season, setbacks meant Bellerin struggled to find his rhythm. Despite these, there were glimpses that he can fit into Mikel Arteta’s tactical demands which is reason for encouragement. 5

Cedric Soares: An injury-laden introduction to north London delayed his debut until July 1 [vs Norwich] but Cedric looked assured in the little game time he had. The 28-year-old didn’t tear apart the right wing-back role but was a solid addition. 5

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles: 2019/20 was a mixed season for the 22-year-old. At his best, he was an integral part of the side and was without doubt Arteta’s best right wing-back over the course of the year. Failing to get into the side from September-November and January-March hurt him but his performances after lockdown, especially in the FA Cup, proved just how important he is to the side. 7

Calum Chambers: Arsenal’s most reliable defender until that point, it was cruel timing that Chambers sustained the ACL injury when he did. Assured at right-back before getting his chance to move back to centre-back, Arteta openly admitted that the 25-year-old was part of his plans. 7

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David Luiz: After a nightmare start to life at Arsenal, Arteta’s arrival was the best thing to happen to David Luiz. He became much more proactive in the way he defended, grew into the starting point for attacks and continued to guide youngsters around him like Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka. A huge influence in the side, it was no surprise his stay was extended despite his disaster at the Etihad. 7

Shkodran Mustafi: Virtually exiled to the cups by Unai Emery, Shkodran Mustafi has done extremely well to revive his Arsenal career under Arteta. High profile mistakes against Chelsea were quickly ironed out with consistently solid performances which led to Arsenal fans chanting the 28-year-old’s name in the stands before football halted in March. It’s been one of the few unlikely redemption arcs this season to prove there is a way back for any player. 7

Sokratis: Failed to impress in most aspects. Very clumsy in defence and quick to push blame for mistakes. Clumsy on the…