The PFA Team of the Season has been released and the results are pretty much what you expected. Almost:
Firstly, congratulations to Hector Bellerin. Few players become so vital to a team and fewer reach top of the league at their position so quickly. Only 21, Bellerin has established himself as one of the best right backs in the league and signs point to him getting even better. Hard to argue with his inclusion on this list.
And then we come to assist leader Mesut Özil. With five games to go and eighteen(!) Premier League assists, the German playmaker has every shot at setting a record (should his team remember how to score). Yet, he has been overlooked in favour of Tottenham's Dele Alli and West Ham's Dimitri Payet. It's what we politely call a "snub".
Not to take too much away from either Alli or Payet, both of whom had excellent seasons for their teams and share spots on the PFA Youth POTY and POTY, along with Özil, but it is hard to explain how the league's top provider was overlooked. Perhaps Arsenal's recent struggles have played a part, with the majority of Özil's assists coming earlier in the season. But the mere idea of where Arsenal would be without Özil... (shudders).
Either way, a more meaningful end would be to see Özil match or break Henry's record and a positive string of performances to see Arsenal safely out of what has become a tense end to the season. Awards are nice, but success is better.