Michael Owen is keeping himself busy these days by embroiling himself in a pretty expansive media career. Among other commitments the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United striker is also the co-commentator on BT Sport at the moment, bringing his monotone but modern view of the game to our screens.
Today however, there was animation in his voice. He got into a heated debate with ex-referee Mark Halsey on air over the decision of Chris Foy to send off Mikel Arteta.
Arteta was the last man with Chamakh having the beating of him in the final third - when the two collided and Arteta was shown a red card.
Owen felt it was clean cut, Chamakh was through on goal if Arteta didn’t foul him - therefore it was a red card.
Halsey on the other hand disagreed.
He felt that Chamakh was too far away from goal for it to be called an obvious goal scoring opportunity, and the cover from Aaron Ramsey also played a role in the decision.
The general consensus seems to be that a yellow would have sufficed - but you can clearly see that both arguments have a strong case.
Arsenal fans are obviously still miffed about the decision however, as they will now be without Arteta for the upcoming game with Liverpool.
And Twitter gives them the perfect platform to send stick Owen’s way.
But Michael Owen has responded to the barrage of Tweets in a rather irritated manner.
Here is the Tweet in question …
I love Twitter on Saturdays. So many clueless keyboard warriors appear on my timeline thinking they know something about football.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) October 26, 2013
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