As well as the departure of last seasons top scorer Robin Van Persie, who showed us just how much of a **** footballers can be, there was some positive transfer news in the summer of 2012. Such as the acquisition of 2012 Ligue 1 top scorer Olivier Giroud, long term target Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski, a man with over 100 caps for Germany (quite a few goals to).
Olivier Giroud: He had a slow start to his Arsenal career with no goals in his first seven games, including a painful miss in the goalless draw against Sunderland, but that ended with a deft chip in the 6-1 mauling of Coventry City. Having gone the whole 2011-2012 season only scoring one goal with his head he has scored the majority this season from headers. With his finishing likely to be the area where he will look to be improving next season. However 17 goals doesn't look too bad for a debut season. Add 10 assists to this and it looks like a decent year for the Frenchman. Including a brilliant flick on for Podolski against Montpellier. Rating: 7/10
Santi Cazorla: The little Spaniard has been a hugely effective signing and scored 12 goals in the Premier League, which sounds even better when you know that it's his best ever tally in a league season. Match winning performances such as the one in the 5-2 win over Reading, where he scored a hat-trick have endeared him to the Arsenal faithful with many singing 'ooooh Santi Cazorla' to voice there effection. I doubt many people were happy to see him dive against West Brom, under a challenge by Steven Reid. I think that that'll be forgotten quicker than his contributions. He many have faded towards the end of the seaon with no goals since March. However unsurprisingly with the amount of games he has played, he still managed to inspire the Gunners to relegate Wigan with four assists. Rating 8.5/10
Lukas Podolski: Not everyone was sure that Podolski would be successful in London after a mixed spell in Munich which ended with him returning to Cologne. However with a relatively low price tag, brought on by Koln relegation it was never really a massive risk for such a talent. He started the season brightly with goals in the league and europe, including a brilliant volley, but Wengers decision to repeatedly substitute him cast doubt over his fitness - only steed malbranque has been substituted more times in a PL season than him, 26 compared to his 23, @optajoe. A 3 game suspension to Giroud finally forced Wnger into giving him an opportunity as the centre forward. Although anonymous in the first two games he scored twice against Wigan. All in all he scored 16 goals and made 12 assists which represents a good season. Rating: 7/10.
These ratings are just my opinion, let me know what you think.