Facebook Football Awards: Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez wins player of the year

Alexis Sanchez beats off competition from Eden Hazard to take home the main prize at the first Facebook Football Awards

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta

Alexis Sanchez beat off competition from Eden Hazard to be named player of the year at the inaugural Facebook Football Awards on Tuesday night.

Sanchez, who scored 16 goals in 34 appearances during his debut campaign at Arsenal, received his award from team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and thanked Facebook fans, saying: “Thank you [to] the people… thank you so much.”

Tottenham striker Harry Kane Harry Kane was named the young player of the year after scoring 24 goals in 34 Premier League games for Spurs.

Kane who was presented with his award by Wales rugby union captain and Spurs fan, Sam Warburton, said: “It’s been an unbelievable season. There have been so many highlights.

“The best one would have to be the Arsenal game and scoring two goals. It was my first London derby so it was something very special and I won’t ever forget it.”

He added: “Thank you to all the fans voted for me for this award – it means a lot, it’s a huge honour. Hopefully it is the first of many.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was named manager of the year and he also picked up the Best Premier League Club of the Year as Arsenal prepare for their FA Cup Final this weekend.

On receiving his award, Wenger said: “Thank you very much. I’m quite surprised but thank you very much.”

Arsenal legend Ian Wright presented the award to Wenger as the pair discussed the club’s season and Saturday’s cup final.

Cesc Fabregas, voted by fans to win a place in the BT Sport Best XI of the Year was delighted with his award. He [email protected] “Thank you so much for voting for me in the Best XI for the Facebook Football Awards – it’s very special and I really appreciate it.”

He also talked about how it felt to win the title with Chelsea this season. “Winning the league was a very special moment – one of the greatest of my career,” he continued.

“I’ve been playing in the Premier League for many years and to finally have the trophy in my hands is a moment that I will remember for ever.

List of winners and runners up

Player of the Year: Alexis Sanchez
Eden Hazard was runner-up and David De Gea placed third.

Young Player of the Year: Harry Kane
Hector Bellerin was runner-up and Kurt Zouma took third place.

Manager of the Year: Arsene Wenger
Louis van Gaal was runner-up and Jose Mourinho took third place.

Best Premier League Club of the Year: Arsenal FC
Manchester United came in second and Chelsea third.

BT Sport Best XI of the Year
GK – David de Gea (MUFC)
DF – John Terry (CFC), Branislav Ivanovic (CFC), Laurent Koscielny, Gary Cahill (CFC)
MF – Eden Hazard (CFC), Cesc Fabregas (CFC), Santi Cazorla (AFC), Nemanja Matic (CFC)
FW – Harry Kane (THFC), Diego Costa (CFC)

Mirror Football Fan of the Year: Fresno Gooners Jordan and Chanelle Wiebe (Arsenal)
West Bromwich Albion fan Les James came second and Tottenham fan Harper Jun was third.

Content of the Year: Arsenal – Sanchez Skills
In the video, Arsenal forward and Player of the Year Alexis Sanchez shows some nifty skills in the pre-match warm-up.

Manchester United – Mata’s Surprise came in second. In the video, Juan Mata surprises a long-serving staff member at Manchester United – as he celebrated 15 years at the club

Chelsea – Mourinho Ice Bucket Challenge came in third. In the video, Jose Mourinho takes part in the Ice Bucket Challenge – nominating his daughter, Bryan Adams and James McAvoy

Facebook Club Performance of the Year
Sunderland AFC

Facebook Player Performance of the Year
David Silva, Manchester City

The prizes, announced live on BT Sport 1 and streamed via Facebook, followed a voting campaign which saw more than one million votes cast by fans from across the globe.

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