Arsenal fans are furious after Mesut Ozil's 2016 Ballon d'Or snub [Tweets]

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France Football today announced the 30 man shortlist for the 2016 Ballon d'Or and, as is the case every year when it comes to the coveted award, the usual suspects are there.

Cristiano Ronaldo and his long-time rival for the award Lionel Messi are, of course, included as are the likes of Gareth Bale, Jamie Vardy, Antoine Griezmann and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 

Although La Liga provides an impressive 14 players this time around, the Premier League can take pride in the fact that eight stars plying their trade in England's top division are up for the award. However, that does not include Arsenal's assists machine Mesut Ozil. 

As you might expect, the snub has not gone down well with fans of the Gunners.

Ozil has been amongst the most in-form players in Europe at the beginning of the 2016/17 campaign and, as such, his omission from a shortlist made up of 30 players has caused much uproar in north London.

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Of course, the Ballon d'Or award takes into consideration a player's form over a full calendar year.

And, with Ozil having been amongst the Arsenal players who threw away a chance at Premier League glory over the final months of the 2015/16 season, that perhaps explains his name not appearing alongside the likes of Ronaldo and Messi today.

However, considering the list also includes lesser names such as Rui Patricio, Koke and Arturo Vidal - none of whom have consistently set the world alight over the past 12 months - Ozil can certainly feel hard done by.

The fact that two players from Arsenal's London rivals - Hugo Lloris of Spurs, and Dimitri Payet of West Ham - made the cut has only added to the frustration from Gooners this evening.

Although Ozil has six goals already in just 11 Premier League and Champions League appearances - not to mention a number of assists - it looks like his recent good form has come too late to put him in the mix for this year's Ballon d'Or.

He won't be the only disappointed Premier League player this evening, however.

That's because, whilst Vardy, Mahrez, Lloris, Paul Pogba and co. were nominated on Monday, Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Ozil's teammate Alexis Sanchez were two other big names snubs. 

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