JUST IN: Two Arsenal Stars Make FIFA Player of the Year Shortlist

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez for Best Player Award FIFA

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Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have been named on the 23-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men's Player 2016.

You would recall that the world's football governing body recently pulled out as co-organisers of the Ballon d'Or and this has led to the birthing of this one.

The shortlist for the award includes two of our own who have no doubt been greatly influential for us this year. They finally got recognized having previously been left out of the shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.

The outcome of this award will be determined by national team captains and coaches (1st set), and an online ballot by fans and over 200 selected media representatives (2nd set). Fifty percent goes for the first set while the remaining fifty percent goes for the second.

You can take a look at the full list below. As expected, it contains no name from our noisy yid neighbours - Spurs.

Sergio Agüero (Argentina/Manchester City)
Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid)
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid)
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City)
Antoine Griezmann (France/Atlético Madrid)
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United)
Andrés Iniesta (Spain/FC Barcelona)
N’Golo Kanté (France/Leicester City/Chelsea)
Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich)
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria/Leicester City)
Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona)
Luka Modrić (Croatia/Real Madrid)
Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich)
Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona)
Mesut Özil (Germany/Arsenal)Dimitri Payet (France/West Ham United)
Paul Pogba (France/Juventus/Manchester United)
Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid)
Alexis Sánchez (Chile/Arsenal)Luis Suárez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona)
Jamie Vardy (England/Leicester City).

Congratulations Alexis and Ozil! Hope you two score on Sunday in the North-London derby.

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