Alexis up for PFA Players’ Player of the Year award

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The fine debut season form of Alexis Sanchez has seen the Chilean striker secure a nomination for the prestigious PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.

Signed from Barcelona in the summer for £32 million, he’s gone on to score 20 goals in all competitions helping the Gunners (so far at least) to second in the table and an FA Cup semi-final.

Sanchez is one of six players up for the gong. Chelsea duo Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are also nominated, as are Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, Manchester United keeper David de Gea and ex-Arsenal man Harry Kane.

De Gea, Hazard, Kane and Coutinho are also up for the Young Player of the Year award with Thibaut Courtois and Raheem Sterling.

Four Arsenal players have won the senior award in the past; Liam Brady (1978/79), Dennis Bergkamp (1997/98), Thierry Henry (2002/03 & 2003/04) and Robin van Persie (2011/12).

Elsewhere, Arsenal’s Kelly Smith has been nominated for the equivalent womens’ award, while team mate Leah Williamson is up for the Players’ Young Player of the Year prize.

Good luck to all three Arsenal representatives, they deserves all the plaudits that come their way.

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Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

Would have been a travesty otherwise. Lets see him close out with a bang to snatch the trophy!

Djemba Unchained
Djemba Unchained

Well its already been voted on?

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

Oh really? I thought they were nominees to be voted on? My mistake if so.

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

Reading up on it, you’re right. Seems odd to call them nominees then.

GGGA
GGGA

It’s a pity that Alexis going to win two trophies this year, and PoTY is not one of them 🙁

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

Totally deserved. I’d like to see Ozil in with a shout come the end of next season, though.

Henry! Chance!! Goal!!!
Henry! Chance!! Goal!!!

I would like to see Ozil actually win it next year.

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

I’d like to see a six candidates being gooners next season

It Is What It Is
It Is What It Is

* 24

ryan.4.afc
ryan.4.afc

Good to hear it but think Hazard will probably get it on merit. Kane the Gooner will get youth player. Next season though when we win the quadruple…..take your pick of Arsenal players.

Rozza the samourai
Rozza the samourai

No, no, nope, Kane is no gooner !

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

Don’t know the whole story, something about when he was a kid, but I assume it boils down to: he wasn’t good enough.

Highberry
Highberry

As in all the worst school reports “Young Kane is easily led” which is why he’s playing with that load of ne’er do wells in Creighton Road near the cemetary

Charlotte Bates

And the proverbial ‘must try harder’. But then he did just that.

TeeCee
TeeCee

Yup, says it here on his school report card:

PE: Harry is industrious and makes an effort at team sports, but fails to excel.
6/10 probably good enough for Spurs.

adriano
adriano

youre confusing gunner with gooner. having played for arsenal he was a gunner. never a gooner tho, from what i know

GoonerN16

No, he is a goner!

Davey
Davey

*5 Arsenal representatives 😉

Springbank 1962
Springbank 1962

It’s easy to understand why, but so many of our players have been outstanding he wouldn’t necessarily be our own.

Giroud … better than Kane. Cazorla … better than Hazard. Ozil … better than Coutinho. Coquelin … over a full season – he’d be there. Bellerin … Young Player of the Year.

But this is the Premier League and as long as Ch*lsea wins the title it’ll go to Hazard.

Juxta Position
Juxta Position

Cazorla better than hazard? Surely thou jesteth.

Springbank 1962
Springbank 1962

Nope.

forgot my usual username
forgot my usual username

I’d love me some rose tinted specs.

forgot my usual username
forgot my usual username

Bellerin over Kane, De Gea, Hazard? Do you actually watch any football?

Springbank 1962
Springbank 1962

Danny Rose-tinted by the sound of it.

As for your subsequent comment “Bellerin over Kane …” … Most people here seem to have understood my meaning based on the punctuation. Alas, you seem to have being watching football the day they did ‘full stops’ at school.

And yes, Bellerin for Young Player of the Year. Given that he’s one of our players of the year … and … erm … he’s actually pretty young.

forgot my usual username
forgot my usual username

What? Full stops would make Jo sense in my sentence. You are saying Bellerin should get it over the other nominees which I named. He shouldn’t. Hope that helps.

sg gooner
sg gooner

To be fair hazard is good. It’s a shame we boight gervinho instead of him

lolcat
lolcat

Why down thumbs? I assumed we made this choice also….?

Dick Swiveller
Dick Swiveller

Yeah, and it was a choice between the 35m young superstar and Gervinho for 12m.

Of course we didn’t choose to not buy Hazard, we simply couldn’t get him.

Springbank 1962
Springbank 1962

Great name for a highwayman that.

AntiSpud
AntiSpud

Wenger had an agreement with lille for hasard to come to arsenal. It was a verbal one and hasard was keen on and looking forward. Later that year Gile grimandy saw ryo miyashy and alerted Wenger. By that time lille had already made contact to sign ryo. According to reports in France, the deal was hijacked when ryo was on his way to airport to lille. He was convinced to come to London instead. Lille were obviously pissed and the hasard deal was off. This is a true story and not one of those I believed when I was in the ward with Fatgooner and the others

Chuck_Town_Gooner
Chuck_Town_Gooner

I thought it was Park that scuppered the deal not Ryo?

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

Not always true. Suarez won it last year, and Liverpool didn’t win the title, despite what Rodgers says.

Strevs
Strevs

Sorry but Cazorla better than Hazard? Completely different playing styles. Different end products. I do however, think that Hazard would be a better (as good as he is) had he played under Wenger.
Mourinho shackles him too much. He should be scoring and assistig more. He should have a team built around him.

Xxxrob
Xxxrob

I saw hazards debut in one of Chelsea’s pre season games, he was anonymous, tried a back heel and failed miserably. I thought look at this poser.. He’s sure shown me I think he’s brilliant but he plays for the enemy and therefore I hate!

DFS
DFS

I cannot join the Hazard bandwagon.

The entire season seems to have consisted of Mourinho, the dutiful fans in lockstep, the sad media spinning some dubious story for Chelsea’s benefit. While they started playing with some swagger, the team soon resorted to if not agricultural then industrial, grinding football.

Mourinho spouted the ‘Refs Conspiracy’ but simultaneously has touted players rather than squad to mask the grim team play. At first we had to kneel at the temple of Costa until injuries and the fact he is an incessantly petty thug put him rightfully in the shadow. We had the genius of Fabregas until he faced his perennial second half season fade.

Then we have had Hazard who has been relentlessly bigged up as Best Player Of The Season for months. Talent though he is, he nonetheless rubs me the wrong way.

It’s struck me for ages every time Hazard receives the ball with a second to think, you can almost watch him choose from three options.

Option 1 is to pass. Option 2 is to drive past a player. Option three is to pretend to drive past a player and then drop to the floor. I admit I am biased but the stats reveal he is the most fouled player in the BPL or as the more astute have pointed out ‘the player who ‘wins’ the most fouls’.

I just find it galling when truly talented players such as Hazard, Suarez or Robben opt to dive and cheat rather than play. Something about their character…

As for one player who has truly carried his team single-handed the entire season – one stands head and shoulders above all others, David de Gea.

He has been world class and a constant for Man United, who played dreadful football for much of the year. Many people have stated that without him Man United would likely be in 6th or 7th place this season and I can only agree.

In fact he is the only Man United player I would love to see in an Arsenal shirt.

Runkeball
Runkeball

Meanwhile TGSTEL scored for Wolfsburg. Should never have let him go!

Cazözil
Cazözil

Oh yes, and Diaby better than Messi, Arteta better than Ronaldo, Sanogo better than Falcao

Oh wait, that last one…

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

Nobody worked harder than Sanchez on a football pitch this season. But yeah, I think you can predict Hazard and Kane for these, because, well, the footballers who vote also read the news, and all they’ve seen is jizz, jizz, and more jizz for Hazard and Kane.

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

(I really do think Sanchez deserves it, though. It’s not just the work he puts in. It’s that his goals in the first half of the season are the reason this campaign hasn’t been a complete disaster.)

Bergkamp is God, God is Bergkamp
Bergkamp is God, God is Bergkamp

As an Arsenal fan, obviously Alexis would be who I want to get it. Honestly, I think De Gea deserves it, just on an overall season basis. They’re definitely the worst offensive and probably defensive side in the top 5, but he’s basically carried them as far as a keep can. But in the end, you’re probably right, *jizz*jizz*Hazard Poty*jizz*jizz*jizz*Kane Ypoty*jizz*jizz*

Xxxrob
Xxxrob

I’d like to know how many games United have won this season by a single goal. That would indicate in some way that the keeper has kept them in it.
Going further, how many games United have scored first and won. Sometimes all it takes is to concede the first goal and your day is lost, but preventing that is golden.
Either way he looks like a fucking llama

Rozza the samourai
Rozza the samourai

Footballers will not pick Kane. If I can recognize a Crouch in him, professional footballers will. Remember that crouch too banged in goals in a span of one year then started crouching and tottering in front of goal.

Runkeball
Runkeball

So what you’re saying is that Kane will end up in Stoke? What a cruel fate!

lettra
lettra

Don’t hate me now guys .but .. None of our players should get it!!
I think we have so many success stories this year it is amazing. Sanchez has shown that his highest level might well be the highest level any player could reach in this league but then he faded a bit. Santi , O.G have raised their game and are elite in their positions over a long period now. Coquelin has raised his game and our game and is consistently outperforming players that were said to be the mold for the DM position. Özil is back and is amazing again. Bellerin wow !!

We have an amazing team , and that is a good thing.

Let Hazard take it he is responsible for like 70% of that teams creativity although the irony of him getting it will be well lost on chavs and their fans. Also 70% of the PFA winners the latest 10 years or so fuck of to another team and league anyway …

Goon
Goon

I think the first season is always hard especially with no winter break, more playing time than he had at Barca, and the world cup. I don’t like the fact that they have the copa America this summer too.

Sanchez is a talent but he can get better. I like that he takes on players because those are the kind that we need, and I like his energy. But there is always room for improvement and not winning it means he will stay humble. I think at times he needs to opt for the simple pass as he tries to do too much on his own. Once the Arsenal instinctive play kicks in, he will be better.

On Hazard: He is talented but nowhere near the best.

David C
David C

I hate to say it, but Kane deserves some recognition for his breakout year. Maybe give him young player of the year and save player of the year for Sanchez!

Big game this weekend; I hope we don’t tinker too much with a winning lineup.

COYG!!!

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

Fuck Harry Kane. He’s overtaken Ashley Young as my most hated player. No reason really. Do I need one?

He’s also just a bit thick.

Paul
Paul

Kane reminds me of “Woody” from Cheers!

WizardofOzil
WizardofOzil

Kane looks like some sort of slack-jawed, inbred hillbilly from a budget horror film. The kind of guy you encounter in the wilderness on a canoeing trip.

DFS
DFS

Squeal like a spud! Squeal like a spud!

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

Have you seen that picture of Kane as a kid wearing his Arsenal shirt? He looks like a fat kid who does a lot of blubbering when he runs out of sweets. Which is why Arsenal got rid of him.

I expect him to Lambert his way to Liverpool one day, or Sidwell his way to Chelsea, etc. Kane will be an afterthought in a few years.

lord-weng
lord-weng

No need to be mean, hey…

Runkeball
Runkeball

He sure doesn’t sound or look clever. And soon he’ll be in Stoke. I feel sorry for the poor lad.

DialSquareGoon
DialSquareGoon

Here’s how its gonna go down:
PFA: Hazard
Young PFA: Kane
Not saying I agree, but it is what it is

goonerbynature
goonerbynature

Don’t think that would be incredibly unjust or anything. Kane has been explosive, deserves it way more than Sterling. His contribution to his team’s points tally is staggering.

Hazard has been very consistent and is the most important player in the team that’s going to win the title, which has to count for something, although I don’t think his claim over Sanchez is as strong as Kane’s claim over everyone else for the young player award. Think PFA could be a toss-up, hopefully Sanchez’s first half when he was carrying us will count for him, as well as the sheer numbers which are a lot better than Hazard’s.

happy gunner
happy gunner

I don’t think Sanchez has deserved to win this season due to tailing off for the past 10-16 games (whatever it is). If he had scored every 2-3 games and or assisted then players would have had no choice but to give it to him. This is only his first season though, so he has still done superbly. With his desire, work ethic and finishing ability, I’m sure he will be in contention next year once again, and will hopefully win it along with the league title.

As to who should win it:

I haven’t seen chelshit play often, but hazard seems to be a wonderful player that I would love in our team. Although I absolutely hate chelshit more then anything, so he will have to be purged (by walking to the depths of mordor) before he gets to play for us. I have seen utd a couple of times, and based on the sheer number of points de gea has single handedly won utd, I think he should win it.

Think sterling should win the young player of the year , not because he deserves it but because it would be funny to see him win it and leave Liverpool. Break their hearts a tiny bit more. Plus it will get the shit’s at whl a tad angry because their own gooner didn’t win.

Oh and everybody at Wembley on sat – make sure your loud!! For the whole game! Don’t want it like its the emirates where were loud for 5 mins then quiet for 10… Need the whole stadium bouncing for 90! COYG

gooner-dan
gooner-dan

Don’t understand why Hazard is favourite for player of the year but not young player of the year?

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

I guess he could be favourite for both, since he’s up for both (along with De Gea and Kane).

What I don’t understand is why a 24-year-old qualifies for the young player award. That should be for under-21s in my opinion.

Forfuckssake
Forfuckssake

As you can see in the picture after his world class goal, he makes the Emirates rock. For me there is no comparison in the PL, better by far than chomping Suarez and well worth the investment and nomination. Cannot believe after the barren years we have 2 of the best players in the world. Ozil of course the 2nd player – silent assassin. Those 2 would be 1st choice in any team. COYG future is ours

forgot my usual username
forgot my usual username

Not being a miserable cunt or anything but they wouldn’t be first choice in any team. That’s why we’ve got them.

They would be first choice in 99.99% of teams though.

Dick Swiveller
Dick Swiveller

Sanchez still got a fair bit of gametime for Barca, and Ozil was first choice at the biggest club in the world, they’d get regular starts at any team.

forgot my usual username
forgot my usual username

I think Kane will get both. Surely if the best player is also up for the young player they should get it automatically?

My vote would go to Kane or De Gea.

Sanchez may have got it if the season ended a few months ago but the others on the list have carried on performing at the same level whereas Sanchez has kind of tailed off.

As long as Costa doesn’t get it, its all good.

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

Surely if the best player is also up for the young player they should get it automatically?

===

Yes, which is precisely why it’s absurd to count a 24-year-old as a “young” player of the year, because many players are in their prime at that age and up. If you limit the YPTOY to U21s, you reward young exciting talent, while making it rare indeed that the same player must logically win both awards if winning senior POTY.

Bergkamp is God, God is Bergkamp
Bergkamp is God, God is Bergkamp

Let’s talk about the real headline; Coutinho is on that list. Matic, Clyne, Pelle, Giroud, Cazorla, Ozil, Coq, Bellerin, Sterling, Rooney, Fellaini, Sigurdsson, Fabregas, Downing, Aguero, Henderson, Austin, Berahino, (D) Sakho, Ings, Cresswell, Janmaat. Granted some of these guys aren’t having unbelievable seasons or aren’t really realistic candidates, but aren’t they right there/better than Coutinho?

Dick Swiveller
Dick Swiveller

Half of them aren’t as good as Counitho imo, but why the other half aren’t in ahead of him, who knows? Footballers have never been smart.

Man Manny
Man Manny

He won’t win it but I wouldn’t put it past him next season when he is more settled into the PL. Great first season though.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

I think it’s unlikely he’ll win it, but next year I can see three or four Gunners on the ballot.

Karl
Karl

I don’t see how anyone could deserve it more than Alexis. Sure, you could definetly argue that Hazard and Diego Costa have had good seasons and are two of the main reasons behind the Chelsea scum winning the league this year. In terms of individual performances and what a player contributes to his team? It got to be Alexis..

Kenneth5
Kenneth5

So how is Hazard still a ‘young player’ at 24?

Ever so well
Ever so well

I dont really understand how Coutinho, as an attacking midfield player who has 4 league goals and 4 assists can be nominated. The whole role he plays is based around scoring, assisting and creating chances and Cazorla has outperformed him in every category. I know once every 3 months he does a nice curl shot to the far post but that cant be enough surely.
I think because Gerrard hasn’t featured heavily and Suarez left they felt they had to chuck at least one liverpool player in to prevent uproar.

Rosicky's Little Toe
Rosicky's Little Toe

“ex-Arsenal man Harry Kane”

That made me spit my drink!

MTZ
MTZ

Alexis would have won it by a landslide if his form from the first half of the season had continued, but as it is he’s probably behind De Gea and Hazard. I’d actually vote for De Gea, as it’s rare for a GK to carry a team the way he has for most of the season.

At any rate, Ozil’s going to win it next year if he can stay fit and continue developing.

AntiSpud
AntiSpud

Dear Alexis. Help us to beat the Royals tomorrow, then have a hat trick against the Chavs, in fact a brace will do, then if you don’t win this, me and few gooners will eat our hat/hair. Sorry I don’t have eather but I will cross the town in onesie. I swear

palace gunner
palace gunner

If you ask me gibbs form has been impressive and nacho but alexis has been quality you can see the team can build around alexis coyg