Arsenal's November Player of the Month contenders
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After back-to-back wins as Arsenal's player of the month in September and October, Arsenal's new Brazilian at the back, Gabriel Magalhães, is set to be favourite to win November's award too.

Gabriel Magalhães three-peat?

After arriving in the summer for a reported £20 million from French Ligue 1 side Lille, the Brazilian has received rave reviews in an Arsenal side that has vastly underperformed thus far.

The comfortable winner in the last two Player of the Month fan votes, with over 70% of the vote share in both, Gabriel has quietly made a great start to his Arsenal career.

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The 22-year-old has had to carry the brunt of pressure on his shoulders as his teammates ahead of him struggle to create chances and score goals.

To get anything from a game it seems Arsenal must keep a clean sheet, and to be able to achieve this, the onus seemingly falls on the shoulders of the young centre-back as he attempts to marshal an Arsenal team that looks void of answers.

With hard fought clean sheets at both Old Trafford and Elland Road, where he put his body on the line for the points, Arsenal fans were offered a glimpse at just why the young defender attracted so many suitors after his impressive campaign last time out in France.

To go with these two performances, he also managed to grab a goal in Arsenal's latest game at the Emirates Stadium against a very impressive Wolverhampton Wanderers side, which brought his lacklustre side back in the game for all but 12 minutes.

In the second-half, Gabriel took it upon himself to hold the fort as his team risked more men forward in the hope for an equaliser. Blocking shots with about every possible limb, including his face. Gabriel was outstanding and everything you want in a defender.

Joe Willock - Outstanding in Europe

The young English midfielder has strung together a number of impressive cameos in the UEFA Europa League this month of November.

A goal and assist in the Gunners home fixture against Norwegian champions Molde FK - achieving a Man of the Match award, followed by an assist in the return leg in Norway - Willock found himself breaking into the Premier League team.

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Starts at Elland Road against Leeds United and most recently against Wolves; Willock's terrific European form has seen him break into the Arsenal side in the league as he looks to continue this rich vein of form.

Although, performances in the league have been a bit less impressive, he was sacrificed at Leeds as his teammate Nicolas Pepe was shown red for a reckless head-butt on Ezgjan Alioski.

In the second half against Wolves however, Willock was one of the few who took the impetus to take the game to the opposition side - picking the ball up deep in midfield and taking the game to the midlands side.

Certainly in the running for this months award, Gunners fans will be eager to see if he can start to show his impressive European form more regularly in the league.

Bernd Leno - busier than he'd like to be?

The German shot-stopper has had a difficult month in the North London side's net. Too often this month he has been left exposed to face a high volume of shots.

Most notably in West Yorkshire, when the Gunners travelled north to face Leeds, he faced 25 shots at his vulnerable net. But a number of outstanding saves saw his side come away with a point.

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The same story but to less effect, happened in the Aston Villa game at the Emirates. Leno had to be at his very best to merely keep the score down to just the 3-0.

Moreover, performances at Old Trafford, where he made a couple of very important saves - the German has done all he can this month for a relatively weak Arsenal side.

For these reasons, he should definitely be in the running to win the award after a disappointing month.

OPINION: Just who should win it?

For me, the winner of last month's Player of the Month deserves only one winner. Gabriel should be the winner for the third month in a row.

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Joe Willock has failed to string performances together in the Premier League like he has in the Europa League; so for me, he cannot really be in strong contention.

Moreover; Bernd Leno has made a number of mistakes in the last month. For instance, last time out against Wolves he parried a ball out to Daniel Podence for a tap-in.

Gabriel has been practically flawless within the recent month and he deserves the award yet again this month.

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