Cesc Fabregas and Thomas Vermaelen have been rewarded for their outstanding performance for Arsenal this season with selection for the PFA Team of the Year for 2009/10.
Fabregas developed from one of the world’s brightest starlets into a fully fledged star, contributing 15 goals and a equal league-high 15 assists from just 27 Premiership games over the course of the season. He has been the heartbeat of an Arsenal side that has exceeded expectations to (most likely) finish third, scoring some brilliant goals, converting crucial penalties and guiding the side from his new position as captain.
Vermaelen has been outstanding in his first season of English football adding aggression, strength and leadership to a defence that has struggled in recent seasons. He played more minutes than any other Arsenal player before a calf injury ended his season a little while ago and also impressed with his distribution from the back and a happy tendency to find the net, scoring seven league goals.
Both players absolutely deserved to make the PFA Team of the Season and they deserve our congratulations. Personally I thought Alex Song was a little unlucky to miss out on the second central midfield spot to Darren Fletcher, but given that Mathieu Flamini was also harshly denied in 2007/08 despite a spectacular season, it didn’t surprise me.
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