Arsenal: Mid-Season player rankings

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on October 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on October 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images) /
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Arsenal, Danny Welbeck
WATFORD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 14: An injured Danny Welbeck of Arsenal leaves the pitch during the Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road on October 14, 2017 in Watford, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images) /

11. Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck was the club’s top performer early on, shooting out to three goals and announcing himself as the unexpected participant in the race for the Golden Boot. He was so good that it was becoming obvious that he had to start over Alexis, who had not been so good.

And then he got hurt. And then he got hurt again. And just like that, Welbeck’s influence was waning because of the same old problems – he couldn’t stay healthy.

What was most remarkable out his burst to three goals was that he was a legitimate threat to the opposing goal. These weren’t  “accidental goals” by any stretch. They were most definitely efforts worthy of an Arsenal first team starter.

It’s always a crap-shoot determining what comes after a return from injury. No doubt Welbeck will be just as active in the team, but will his sharpness still be there? We will have to wait and see.

(Andy: 12th; Josh: 9th)