Arsenal fans on social media are renowned for their ability to club together to get behind a campaign and the latest one expresses sheer bafflement around a decision made by FIFA.
The world’s governing body announced their 55-man shortlist for the 2019 Men’s XI this morning, featuring some of the greatest names from across the sport – although there were a few baffling inclusions.
Not only that, a number of significant names were excluded from the list and among those was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, despite his superb run of goalscoring form last season.
The Gabonese forward finished as joint top-scorer in the Premier League alongside Liverpool pair Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, both of whom earned a nomination, and Aubameyang struck a total of 31 goals across all competitions last term.
Therefore, the decision not to name Aubameyang on the shortlist irked a fair few supporters – especially with the likes of Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann, both of whom were outscored by the Arsenal man, earned a mention.
Here is the 55-man shortlist:
Alisson Becker (BRA) – Liverpool FC
David De Gea (ESP) – Manchester United
Ederson Moraes (BRA) – Manchester City
Jan Oblak (SVN) – Atletico Madrid
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GER) – FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba (ESP) – FC Barcelona
Trent Alexander-Arnold (ENG) – Liverpool FC
Dani Alves (BRA) – Paris Saint-Germain / Sao Paulo FC
Joao Cancelo (POR) – Juventus / Manchester City
Daniel Carvajal (ESP) – Real Madrid
Giorgio Chiellini (ITA) – Juventus
Matthijs de Ligt (NED) – Ajax / Juventus
Diego Godin (URU) – Atletico Madrid / Internazionale
Joshua Kimmich (GER) – Bayern Munich
Kalidou Koulibaly (SEN) – SSC Napoli
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Aymeric Laporte (FRA) – Manchester City
Marcelo (BRA) – Real Madrid
Gerard Pique (ESP) – FC Barcelona
Sergio Ramos (ESP) – Real Madrid
Andrew Robertson (SCO) – Liverpool FC
Alex Sandro (BRA) – Juventus
Thiago Silva (BRA) – Paris Saint-Germain
Virgil van Dijk (NED) – Liverpool FC
Raphael Varane (FRA) – Real Madrid
Kyle Walker (ENG) – Manchester City
Sergio Busquets (ESP) – FC Barcelona
Casemiro (BRA) – Real Madrid
Kevin de Bruyne (BEL) – Manchester City
Frenkie de Jong (NED) – Ajax / FC Barcelona
Christian Eriksen (DEN) – Tottenham Hotspur
Eden Hazard (BEL) – Chelsea FC / Real Madrid
N’Golo Kante (FRA) – Chelsea FC
Toni Kroos (GER) – Real Madrid
Arthur Melo (BRA) – FC Barcelona
Luka Modric (CRO) – Real Madrid
Paul Pogba (FRA) – Manchester United
Ivan Rakitic (CRO) – FC Barcelona
Bernardo Silva (POR) – Manchester City
Dusan Tadic (SRB) – Ajax
Arturo Vidal (CHI) – FC Barcelona
Sergio Aguero (ARG) – Manchester City
Karim Benzema (FRA) – Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) – Juventus
Roberto Firmino (BRA) – Liverpool FC
Antoine Griezmann (FRA) – Atletico Madrid / FC Barcelona
Son Heung-min (KOR) – Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane (ENG) – Tottenham Hotspur
Robert Lewandowski (POL) – Bayern Munich