Arsenal supporters have expressed their disbelief on social media after Mesut Ozil failed to make the PFA’s Premier League Team of the Year.
The Premier League XI was leaked on Twitter on Thursday afternoon, before the PFA confirmed it via their own Twitter account around an hour later.
Not even the inclusion of Hector Bellerin in the right-back position could prevent the disgruntled Arsenal faithful from bemoaning the omission of Ozil. (Scroll down this page to see the tweets).
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In fairness, Ozil faced incredibly stiff competition for a place in the XI this season.
Dimitri Payet, N’Golo Kante, Dele Alli and Riyad Mahrez all throughout deserved to be named in the Team of the Year.
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Ozil's form has dipped since turn of 2016
Ozil was the frontrunner for the PFA’S Premier League Player of the Year award around the turn of the year after registering a remarkable 16 assists, plus three goals, in England’s top division.
However, since the beginning of January, the Germany international has registered just two assists in the Premier League - the same number, incidentally, as Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley.
Ozil could still win Player of the Year award
Despite his omission from the Team of the Year, Ozil still had a chance of being named the Player of the Year.
The 27-year-old was named as one of the six nominees for the prestigious individual accolade last week, alongside Mahrez, Kante, Payet, Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane.
However, following today’s announcement, Ozil’s odds of winning the Player of the Year award have drifted considerably.
Wenger backs Ozil to win top award
It came as no surprise when, in his press conference last week, Wenger backed Ozil to win the accolade.
“He has been more efficient [this season],” the French coach was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard. “I think he has created more chances and has scored more goals especially.
“I believe in a guy like Ozil, you see 10 to 15 goals, and I hope he will get to 10 at the end of the season but that is always what you think he should get.
“[When it comes to] providing chances, he is miles ahead on assists and combining the goalscoring with the assists means he deserves this award.”
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