Despite not winning the Premier League for over a decade, Arsenal are yet a top European club that can attract football superstars.
According to reports, Arsenal Wenger has congratulated Germany international and Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil for not being nominated for the Ballon d’Or award.
A 30-man shortlist for the award was announced earlier this week, eight Premier League players made the list and Ozil numbered all the players of Arsenal that were not nominated.
That didn’t stop Arsene Wenger from praising Ozil’s achievement, though, before criticising the award’s effect on players.
“Certainly there is a big satisfaction for [Ozil] and for us as well, but I am against it because I think it gets in the head of players.
“We have seen many people only thinking about themselves because they are obsessed by Ballon d’Or and not by the team performance and I believe football is a collective sport and we live already in a world where everything is individualised.
“We want to respect what football is about, first about the team effort.
“Of course, I encourage and congratulate the players who do well and I’m happy for that.
“But when you look at the history you do not always think that it has been the most objective decision always and I think that the players who are the best, we know very well about them.
“Let’s take care of those who are not as much in the glory. The best – we know all about them.”