The three Arsenal players that should have made PFA Team of the Year

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The PFA Team of the Year is out and Arsenal fans have been left feeling rather angry.

Hector Bellerin may have made the line-up, but the Spaniard is the club’s sole inclusion in the starting line-up, and supporters have a right to feel rather unhappy.

Here are three players from Arsene Wenger's side that deserved a place in the season’s best starting XI.


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Petr Cech

Having found himself playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea a year ago, Petr Cech has thrived since swapping Stamford Bridge for the Emirates Stadium.

The 33-year-old was overlooked in favour of David de Gea, despite proving to his former club they were wrong to sell him to such a close rival.

De Gea has been in sensational form for Manchester United this season – quite an achievement given he was all set to sign for Real Madrid in the summer – but Louis van Gaal’s men still face a battle to reach the top four.

Cech has conceded just one more goal than De Gea, and has one less clean sheet, but his transformation from aging deputy to reinvigorated number one has been one of the success stories of Arsenal’s disappointing season.

Nacho Monreal

With Kieran Gibbs battling for form and fitness, Nacho Monreal has relished in his team-mates absence by establishing himself as Arsenal’s first choice left-back for the season.

The Spaniard, who signed on from La Liga side Malaga for a fee of £10million in January 2013, was left out of the PFA team with Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose preferred in his place.

However, though Rose has been reborn ever since Mauricio Pochettino succeeded Tim Sherwood two years ago, Monreal has enjoyed a stellar year and his rise deserved to be recognised as a result.

Like most of his team-mates his performances have dipped in recent weeks but Monreal has done enough to convince supporters he is worthy of staying for the long term in North London.

Mesut Ozil

Having divided opinion during his first two years in the capital, this has been the season where Mesut Ozil has justified his £42million transfer from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.

The German international has clocked up 18 assists, six more than second-placed Christian Eriksen and just two short of Thierry Henry’s Premier League record of 20.

Yet he failed to make the PFA team, with Dmitri Payet of West Ham and Spurs’ Dele Alli making the team instead.

Ozil has been sensational all year but Arsenal’s failure to win the league title may have cost him dear.

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