Arsenal's best XI of the season so far: Aaron Ramsey and Wojciech Szczesny miss out - but who wins the defensive battle?

ANALYSIS: This is the team Arsene Wenger should play if Arsenal are to retain the place in the top four and make a late push for the Premier League title

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Arsenal have assembled a deeply talented squad that ensures that few players are ever guaranteed a game, but after 30 Premier League matches this season, some have made a greater impression than others and done more to warrant a place in the side for the final few games of the campaign.

The Gunners currently sit third in the league table and with nine wins in their last 10 league games are showing the sort of form that will keep them among the Champions League qualification places. But table-toppers Chelsea are still just about in sight and with a lot of luck a first title since 2003/04 could be acheived.

But which team are the most likely to give Arsene Wenger the best chance of silencing his critics for ever?

Our friends at produce a rating for every player, based on every aspect of their performances in the Premier League this season. The figure is considered among the most accurate, respected and well-known performance indicators in the world of football. Exact details on how it is calculated can be found here.

Using the tool, Arsenal's best starting XI can be determined, offering Wenger guidance on who should be in his side for the final few games of the season.

The results produce some intriguing findings, with Wenger's decision to drop Wojciech Szczesny for David Ospina vindicated. In midfield Aaron Ramsey has looked out of sorts too often this season and that's reflected in his omission from the XI.

But has Theo Walcott done enough since his return from injury to join the attack? And what about that tricky centre-back pairing call?

Check out Arsenal's best XI of the season so far below...


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