Date: 28th November 2006 at 10:02pm
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Arsene Wenger is outraged at the result of the European footballer of the year result. Despite reports from Spanish and Italian news sources saying that one of Buffon or Cannavaro had won it, many still believed that the award had at last gone to Thierry Henry.

The Arsenal skipper led one of the youngest ever teams to reach a champions league final as well as scoring vital goals for France En route to the final against Italy. He was also the top scorer in the Premiership.

When speaking in his pre-match press conference Wenger said: ‘It is a mistake.’

Wenger also believes that the decision was based on the World Cup rather than the previous year of the player`s career: ‘It shows that the people who vote look only at the World Cup, which when you speak about elite football, in my opinion, is the lowest level in football that you can see at the moment.

‘They make their decision on that.’
Wenger added: ‘If you see Italy playing against Togo or South Korea you cannot say that Cannavaro has a good game or even Thierry Henry has a good game, that he is the best player in the world – look at the players he plays against.

‘To be consistent in a big championship like in England or in the Champions League for me would be much more appropriate than three weeks in the World Cup.’