Arsenal's opponents in Ballon d'Or bust-up

Arsenal's Champions League conquerors and next opponents Borussia Dortmund are upset at what they consider a large snub.

Remember the Champions League Final last May? Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1.

Well the scoreline of players nominated for the Ballon d'Or is not so close between the two clubs, with six Bayern players to Dortmund's one.

Dortmund showed their class in their recent Champions League win at the Emirates, in which they confidently dispatched an in-form Arsenal side, with a winner from Robert Lewandowski.

The Polish striker is the only one from the team to be nominated for the award, with Manuel Neuer, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Philip Lahm from Bayern.

The disparity has caused controversy, with Borussia Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl going in two-footed on the selection.

"I am amazed by this list. Would never have thought there was only Robert to represent our team. There is no justification for this choice."

Several players can feed hard-done by, including Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and defender Mats Hummels. 

The bitterness could work for or against by time Arsenal come to visit in the Champions League next week. A distraction can always take their attention off the game in hand, but more likely a burning sense of injustice will make life harder for the Gunners.

With the Champions League stage the time for players to make their biggest impact and prove a point, Dortmund might just have extra motivation against the Gunners for their players to go and prove the FIFA list is as wrong as their captain indicates.

Are Dortmund hard-done by? Which players should join Lewandowski in the shortlist?


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