In an article published in the Telegraph today, former England international Michael Owen claimed Arsenal did not look to him like a top four side.
“From the start I had my reservations,” he wrote. “They seemed not to be spending but then came up with one big investment right at the end of the transfer window.
“When I look at a squad I see a decent collection of players but not a top-four operation.”
Believing there is no depth in the Gunners’ squad, Owen said he would take any of the goalkeepers from Arsenal’s domestic rivals ahead of Wojciech Szczesny. He also claimed – probably correctly – that none of Arsene Wenger’s back-four would make it into a Premier League XI (as if that alone determines an effective player).
Somewhat strangely, he then claimed that if Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud regressed to the players they were last season, Arsenal “would start to look fairly average by their standards.”
But surely that is akin to saying Lionel Messi probably would not get into the Barcelona team if he played like he did when he was 10. Then again…maybe he would.
But the point is Arsenal are performing well so far this season; very well in fact. And while Owen may not see them as a top four side, they are currently very much that.
One of Arsenal’s most famous fans has now had his say on Owen’s claims, and needless to say he does not agree.
Tweeting earlier today, Piers Morgan has poked fun at the former Liverpool and Manchester United striker’s injury record, a comment that has generated plenty of responses of its own.
What do you think of Owen’s thoughts…and Morgan’s response?