Premier League Player of the Year nominees: Arsenal pair included but Bukayo Saka misses out

Arsenal players celebrating

The eight nominees for the Premier League’s Player of the Year award include two nominees apiece for Manchester United and Arsenal as the rivals vie for the title

Eight nominees have been announced for the Premier League ‘s Player of the Season award.

Arsenal and Manchester City each have two candidates in the form of Martin Odegaard, Declan Rice, Phil Foden and Erling Haaland. The remaining nominees are Alexander Isak, Cole Palmer, Virgil van Dijk and Ollie Watkins.

There was no place for Gunners star Bukayo Saka, despite the England star top scoring for his club with 16 league goals. The 22-year-old is one of the nominees for Young Player of the Year, though.

Fans have the opportunity to vote for their preferred player as they have their say on who should win the award. Voting runs until noon on May 13.

City and Arsenal are locked in a battle for top spot in the league, with less than a fortnight of the season remaining. Foden has enjoyed his best ever season in front of goal for City, while Haaland leads the scoring charts after putting four past Wolves to keep the reigning champions’ title bid alive.

As for Arsenal, captain Odegaard is joined by Rice in the list of nominees. Rice, who captained West Ham to Europa Conference League glory before joining the Gunners, has excelled since his £105m move.

Three of the other four nominees have been prolific in front of goal, with Isak, Palmer and Watkins starring for their respective clubs. Liverpool skipper Van Dijk is the only centre-back on the list, after helping his team challenge on multiple fronts for much of the season.

Manchester City pair Phil Foden and Erling Haaland celebrating

“The pair are in contention to scoop the division’s top individual accolade after enjoying fantastic seasons in our midfield, fueling our championship challenge with their superb displays throughout the campaign,” Arsenal said in a statement about their nominees. “Martin has been included in the list of nominees for the second season in a row after another excellent year skippering our young side.”

City striker Haaland is aiming to win the award for a second straight season. He came out on top after a record-breaking debut season, and has remained among the goals this term despite injury limiting his involvement.

“The pair are in contention to scoop the division’s top individual accolade after enjoying fantastic seasons in our midfield, fueling our championship challenge with their superb displays throughout the campaign,” Arsenal said in a statement about their nominees. “Martin has been included in the list of nominees for the second season in a row after another excellent year skippering our young side.”

City striker Haaland is aiming to win the award for a second straight season. He came out on top after a record-breaking debut season, and has remained among the goals this term despite injury limiting his involvement.

The winner of the award will be confirmed on May 18, the day before the final round of Premier League fixtures. As explained by the Premier League, the public vote will be combined with the input of ‘a panel of football experts’ before a winner is crowned.

 

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