ARSENAL playmaker Mesut Ozil was a shock omission from the Professional Footballers’ Association Team of the Year.
The PFA tweeted their XI – which included four players from both Leicester and Tottenham – with the Gunners’ star left out at the expense of Dimitri Payet, N’Golo Kante, Dele Alli and Riyad Mahrez in the four-man midfield.
Ozil’s exclusion is a surprising one with the Germany international among the six nominees for this year’s PFA Player of the Year Award.
The 27-year-old has enjoyed another impressive campaign in north London and tops the Premier League assists charts with 18 – six more than nearest rivals Mahrez and Christian Eriksen – while he’s also chipped in with six goals.
Earlier this month, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praised Ozil to the extent that he believed he should win the PFA Player of the Year prize.
“He has been more efficient. He created more chances and has scored, especially, more goals,” Wenger said.
“He’s miles ahead on assists and provides the chances. The two combined, assists and goals, mean he deserves this award.”
PFA Team of the Year (4-4-2 formation)
Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Man Utd)
Defenders: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal), Wes Morgan (Leicester), Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Danny Rose (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester), Dele Alli (Tottenham), N’Golo Kante (Leicester), Dimitri Payet (West Ham)
Forwards: Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Should Ozil have been in the XI and if so, who should he replace?