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Arsenal fumbles cost Alexis individual honours again

EPL By: Okanga Okanga | 20/04/2017

The Gunners striker has been brilliant yet again this season but his team's highly documented failings will ensure that he does not get anything near the honour he deserves.

Earlier today the Premier League team of the season was announced. A 4-4-2 formation was adopted with the following line-up: David De Gea; Kyle Walker, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Danny Rose; Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante, Dele Alli, Sadio Mané; Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku.

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has been one of the most outstanding players in the Premier League this season but if his failure to make the best 11 is anything to go by then the Chilean can count his nomination for PFA Player of the Year as a bounced cheque.

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It is almost incredible, isn't it? A players who has contributed to the second most goals in the entire league this season (28) - 19 scored and 9 assisted - and has given everything for his team does not even make the sheet for the best 11 players in the league. Alexis will find it even more baffling given that there are no less than four forward players chosen ahead of him.

Of course, Alexis is not the only player of the year nominee to miss out, with Man United's Zlatan also not making the cut. The difference is that while the Swede was beaten to the only two number 9 roles by the arguably superior Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku, Alexis lost in four positions. If Kane and Lukaku were considered more of a presence in the box then Liverpool's Sadio Mané - as good as he has been in his debut season at Anfield - would not ordinarily be considered a better wing-forward than Alexis. So, it is safe to say, Mané is the biggest profiter from Alexis' misery. Perhaps the explanation is that Alexis was only nominated as a centre-forward, the role his has excelled in for most of the season.

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Arsenal, not having a single player on the list is a confirmation of another miserable season. As a Gunners' fan you can only gaze across North London with envy at the number of Tottenham Hotspurs players in there. Some may even argue that none of Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose has offered more than Alexis.

Rose, in particular, has missed a large chunk of the season due to injuries, so he is probably there due to a lack of a better option at left-back. If only Alexis were a left-back then.

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The reason for the lack of appreciation of the former Barcelona star's contributions cannot be untangled therefore from the Gunners most recent slump which has again hit at a crucial stage of the season. Their lack of form in the last couple of months has left them a forgotten team and their star player a forgotten man. Their failings have ensured that Alexis is yet again denied both team and individual honours.

Alexis' current predicament is not strange. In 2015 neither Cesc Fabregas nor Sergio Aguero, the top assist maker and top scorer in the league respectively made the shortlist for top individual honours. That same year Alexis scored 16 league goals. Chelsea's Eden Hazard scored 14. However with Arsenal nowhere near Chelsea, Hazard it was who went home with the individual gongs.

Alexis is in the PFA best player award shortlist alongside Hazard, Ibrahimovic, Lukaku, Kane and N'Golo Kante. The question is, if he is not good enough to make the top 11, how can he be number one? Never say never.
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