Arsene Wenger has an interesting take on Mesut Ozil's Ballon d'Or snub

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The fact that Mesut Ozil is currently enjoying such a rich vein of form meant the timing of his omission from the 30-man shortlist for the 2016 Ballon d'Or couldn't have been much worse.

The German midfielder was snubbed in France Football's annual shortlist and, as you might imagine, it did not go down well with Gunners supporters adamant their man deserves to be recognised alongside the very best in European football.

However, speaking in his Friday morning press conference, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger appeared somewhat relieved that his star midfielder hadn't been included - the Frenchman taking a pop at the award in the process.

"There’s a big satisfaction for him (Ozil) but I’m against it because it gets in the head of players," Wenger told reporters, via the Sun, ahead of Arsenal's game against Sunderland this weekend.

The veteran manager went on to lambast those players who get caught up in the Ballon d'Or hype rather than focusing on the task at hand; winning games for your team.

"You see players only thinking about themselves and not the team performance. In a world where everything is individualised we want to respect what football is about the team effort."

Having provided four goals and one assist in Arsenal's last three games alone, there is no doubt that Ozil is playing his part in helping the north London club's cause so far this season.

Indeed, the man known as the king of assists has arguably been Arsenal's most important player during their ongoing 12-game unbeaten run.

At least now that he isn't being considered for the prestigious Ballon d'Or, Wenger knows that he can be 100 percent focussed on extending the club's run for as long as possible.

And, although Wenger must always be happy to see his players recognised for their performances because, inevitably, it means Arsenal are performing well too, the French boss doesn't sound like too much of a fan of France Football's award anyway.

"When you look at the history I do not always think it has been the most objective decisions always. Let’s take care of those who are not in the glory.

"Let’s take care of those who are not in the glory. All the best, we know all about them."


In reality, even with his current good run of form, Ozil was always going to be an outside bet to claim the award even if he had been included on the shortlist.

With Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi still performing at the top of the game, the 2016 award is likely to be another two-horse race between the two greats of their generation.

Luis Suarez, Neymar or Antoine Griezmann would be next in line anyway should the unthinkable happen and neither the Real Madrid or Barcelona star get the votes required.

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