Hector Bellerin’s fine season has been capped off with inclusion in the PFA Team of the Year.
The 21-year-old broke into Arsene Wenger’s starting lineup last season and hasn’t looked back, being voted the Premier League’s best right-back by his peers.
This campaign the Spaniard has started 40 games for Arsenal, scoring once. Only Mesut Ozil has played from the start more often and even the German international can’t match his young teammate’s 32 starts in the league.
Inclusion in the Team of the Year comes as a welcome bonus for Bellerin who was overlooked for the PFA Young Player of the Year award; a gong that is predominantly won by attacking players.
Bellerin is the only Gunner to be included in the Team of the Year. Despite being nominated for the Player of the Year award, Mesut Ozil misses out on a midfield berth with Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante joining Sp*rs’ Delli Alli and West Ham’s Dimitri Payet preferred.
The PFA, which had planned to reveal the Team of the Year on Sunday at its awards dinner, was forced to release the information yesterday after a leak on social media.