Arsenal's Santi Cazorla was unlucky to miss out on the PFA Team of the Year in favour of Philippe Coutinho

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The Arsenal midfielder has been sensational this season and is unlucky to not be included in the PFA Team of the Year.

There was talk earlier in the season that Santi Cazorla would move back to Spain this summer, per Sky Sports, but based on his recent performances that would be an absolute disaster for Arsenal.

The silky Spaniard has nailed down a place in the Gunners' side, in a slightly deeper role than he is used to and is making them tick. Cazorla has been a key figure in their resurgence since Christmas.

Cazorla is a magician with the ball at his feet and is so versatile that he can play in central midfield, further forward or from a wide area. He has been utilised alongside Francis Coquelin and has struck up a fantastic partnership.

When Mesut Ozil was injured earlier this season, Cazorla showed that he could be Arsenal’s chief creator and he has continued that form since the German’s return. The Gunners have been formidable and look like they could challenge for the title next year.

In his 33 league appearances, Cazorla has scored seven times and racked up nine assists, more than PFA Team of the Year pick Philippe Coutinho. There is a strong argument that Cazorla has out-performed Coutinho by a significant distance this season.

The Brazilian schemer benefitted from a burst of form since February which saw him lifted into the spotlight because before that he had been quite average. Cazorla has been consistent all season and deserved to be included.

To further back up this point, Cazorla has also completed a higher percentage of his dribbles at 72% to Coutinho’s 60%. Cazorla has created 71 chances and completed 88% of his passes whilst Liverpool’s creator has made 51 goal-scoring opportunities and has an 81% completion rate.

Cazorla has been both more reliable and penetrative in possession as well as more effective in the final third, meaning it should have been him in the PFA Team of the Year, not Coutinho.

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