Michael Owen tipped Arsenal to finish fifth, but has shown the first signs of backtracking, paying them a backhanded complement.
Everybody makes pre-season predictions, some worse than others - but when you get it wrong, the best thing is to admit it rather than dig your heels in.
Michael Owen made just that mistake in late November, when despite Arsenal topping the Premier League table, he said he stuck by his prediction the Gunners would finish fifth.
In fact BT Sport pundit Owen hasn't had a nice word to say about Arsenal all season, criticising Mesut Ozil for 'underperforming', and then mocking him on Twitter after the 0-0 draw with Chelsea.
He did however have some good words to say about Arsenal last night, in a roundabout way, when discussing tactics in reaction to the Manchester City-Chelsea game,
Some final tweets on systems and why they are so important. Football is slightly more complex but the right set up gives you a better chance— michael owen (@themichaelowen) February 3, 2014
Arsenal are a great example. I didn't think they'd have a great season because player for player they aren't as good as a few teams.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) February 3, 2014
But Wenger's men know their jobs and they understand a system that never changes. That gives them a huge advantage.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) February 3, 2014
What Owen means to say is that Arsene Wenger's longevity at the club leads to stability, and players can easily understand a tactical system which stays consistent.
He seemingly can't however resist taking a dig at their players 'not being as good as a few teams', in a bid to try to justify the prediction he has still not backed down from.
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