Europe’s Ten Best Club Sides Of 2014: Chelsea Only 7th, Liverpool And Man City Miss Out, But Arsenal Make The Cut

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Who has been the best performing club side in Europe during the calender year…

It’s certainly been a memorable year of football – from a dramatic Premier League title race between Manchester City and Liverpool, to Arsenal’s dramatic FA Cup triumph and Real Madrid turning on the style to win a tenth European crown.

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Below, we’ve ranked the top ten best performing sides, according to the FIFA club rankings and Purely Football. See what you make of some surprise inclusions, and exclusions here, starting with the Gunners in tenth place:

10) Arsenal

Arsenal FA Cup Trophy Laurent Koscielny Mathieu Flamini Olivier Giroud Tomas Rosicky Lukas Podolski

While it might feel like an eternity ago to some of us, Arsenal actually led the Premier League standings in January and February. While they fell away in the latter half of the season, they comfortably secured a top four finish and went on to win the FA Cup in May. Their form has been indifferent in their current campaign, but they’ve remained within touching distance of the Champions League spots and progressed in Europe.

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