Arsène Wenger says he is “disappointed and surprised” that Santi Cazorla was not named in this season’s PFA Team of the Year.

Cazorla is the only member of the Arsenal squad to have played in every Premier League game this season, contributing 12 goals and seven assists during a fruitful first league campaign in England.

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But despite those impressive statistics, the Spanish playmaker did not feature at last Sunday’s award ceremony.

“I am sure he must have been very close to be in there,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “In my opinion he deserved to be there based on the consistency and quality of his performances.

“And then there are the number of chances and assists he created. I think he deserved to be in there.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Nik Brumsack 2 May 2013