Santi Cazorla in line for Arsenal and PFA Player-of-the-Year

It is impossible to say just yet, as there are still 11 games for Arsenal to play in the Premier League, but so far it looks like our Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla is in with a chance of getting the PFA PLayer of the Year award this season.

Cazorla had a slightly sluggish start to the season but it did not take him too long to find his form again and since he has, the 30-year old has been better than ever. His all-action performance away to Man City had everything and showed a defensive side and a desire that we had not identified with him before.

So Arsene Wenger has now started trusting Santi in a Ramsey-style central midfield role. The Spaniard has spoken before about how the manager’s trust has really helped him and it is certainly paying off this year as Cazorla has won the last two PFA Player of the Month awards, but can he keep going and win the annual prize?

I think so, but I think he could do with a little break this week to get over the heavy recent run of fixtures to give his batteries a little boost. After that, Cazorla can go again, and I think the Arsenal boss should be talking up the PFA award to inspire him to extra efforts. That is what the Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers did about Coutinho this week, but when you look at the stats comparison on, with Man City’s David Silva thrown in for good measure, the Arsenal man is way ahead of Coutinho.

His overall score of 40.99 is way above Coutinho’s of 24.38 and Silva’s of 27.1. Cazorla also comes top in general attack, defence and possession scores. Silva just edges him out in a few factors like goals scored and chances created but I think that Cazorla’s new deeper lying role can explain that.

So can Santi push on and win the PFA award this season?

Tags Cazorla Coutinho Silva


  1. Greg says:

    He has been great to the arsenal cause this season! Best of luck to him! Coyg!

  2. cheeterspotter says:

    Cazola player of the year?No wonder we are only chasing the eventual Pl champions again. I’m sorry to be so cynical but this bunch of players is just not good enough for me.

    1. themadhurata says:

      Then you seem to know your football more then mourinho. He seems to think that our players are good.

  3. Hafiz Rahman says:

    As usual there is no clear winner….therefore the winner would be probably from Liverfool, Chelseas, Utd or City that doesnt deserve it

  4. andyarsenal05 says:

    Its gonna be Fabregas. Sad but the truth.

  5. muda says:

    If sanchez can return to that form in the remaining fixtures, then he stand more chance than santi, because he’s actually player of the 1st half for me, along with Cesc and aguero. Santi too stand a chance as he’s all rounder of a player on form.

  6. Wilshegz says:

    Sanchez is undoubtedly d best EPL player this season

  7. tubby says:

    Not too likely but santi’s definitely in with a shout. Personally I think hazard, aguero, alexis, cesc all stand a chance currently. It will really depend on how they all perform for the remaining of the season cos there’s no clear winner at this stage

    1. themadhurata says:

      Aguero has been too injured this season and will probably have another spell out.

      If he does win it it will show complete double standards. Last season Ramsey was by far the best out there but was deselected because of his injury spell. In fact he was ignored completely and the mere suggestion of him being up there was ridiculed and laughed at even by our very own fans.

      1. tubby says:

        Ramsey was awesome last year but frankly I don’t think he deserved it over suarez, hazard and toure last year. This year its a lot more interesting as there’s no real player that really stood out yet. I would have banked on alexis to win it a month ago, but his form seems to have dropped off in recent weeks

  8. themadhurata says:

    Don’t know about PFA. But I love the comparison with coutinho.

    They have a lot of similarities. They have similar game styles. Similar mentalies. Similar physiques. And similar weaknesses and strengths. Great technique.

    I think coutinho falters a lot in the final third with the final pass. And he drags his shot when in the box.

    Like carzola there is no reason for his failings other then in his own head.

    I’ve been a big fan of Silva. I watch him a few seasons before he joined city and was amazed how under rated he was compared to villa. Maybe because of villa’s Spain success. But Silva is different in a lot of ways to both carzola and coutinho and one strength he was the other two don’t is his strong mentality.

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