By Arron Evans

Despite losing their first Premier Leaguegame of the season 4-3 at home to Liverpool, Arsenal have since gone on an unbeaten run, drawing one match and winning the other six.

That impressive bounce back has seen them climb up to third place in the Premier League table as we head into the international break.

But who has shone for them so far? Here are the three players that really stand out.

Alexis Sanchez

By far the main man for the Gunners – just as he has been ever since they signed him back in the summer of 2014.

The Chilean winger-turned-striker has just been given the club’s player of the month award, due to having scored four and assisting three goals in his last five games, including fine goals against Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

Many complained when Arsene Wenger began to play Alexis up front instead of on the wing in the starting XI, but it suddenly looks as though he is adapting to it; much like club legend Thierry Henry did when he first came to North London.

With his unbelievable stamina and his eye for creating goals as well as scoring a few of his own, Sanchez is becoming a cult hero at Arsenal and “El Nino Maravilla” as he is known in Chile, or the boy wonder to you and me, now has a record of 33 goals in 70 Premier League games for Arsenal.

Mesut Ozil

It was clear to see that the German midfielder made an immediate impact on the side after returning to the starting XI having missed their opening day defeat to Liverpool due to lack of match fitness.

Upon returning, Ozil was instrumental in creating space for his team-mates and allowing Arsenal to set up their counter-attacking play beautifully. As well as that, he’s popped up with two goals of his own too.

His vision and passing is amongst the best in the Premier League and he is truly a joy to watch at times.

There’s no doubting that if the Gunners are to mount a title challenge this season then they need their star duo of Sanchez and Ozil to stay fit throughout the campaign, however unlikely that may sound.

Laurent Koscielny

Frenchman Koscielny has been at Arsenal since 2010 and has come an awful long way since, growing into one of the best central defenders in the Premier League.

When the 31-year-old first came to the club, he was a flimsy, unreliable mess at times, but now he’s been given the captain’s armband due to Per Mertesacker’s absence through injury and has shown that he can really lead the team well.

Koscielny’s partnership with new signing Shkodran Mustafi has been seemingly unbreakable at times, as the pair have only conceded two goals since being put into the starting XI alongside each other.

He’s also managed to bag two goals for the club this season, scoring an incredible overhead kick against Southampton and a controversial but nevertheless vital last-minute winner against Burnley last week.

Koscielny’s physical presence is an aspect that Arsenal have lacked for years and if he can continue in this rich vein of form, then his leadership could be the key to the club competing up the top this season.


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