Outspoken Arsenal critic Michael Owen was on commentary for BT Sport to see his former club Liverpool inflict a 5-1 defeat at Anfield.
Owen has angered fans of Arsenal all season long by insisting he would stick by his prediction they will finish fifth, and then even just last week claiming their success was due to the manager's tactics rather than the players being top quality.
Perhaps Owen's most controversial statement came back in December, when he wrote on his blog that he did not feel Mesut Ozil was world class, and had a problem influencing big games.
So the game at Anfield was only fuel to that fire, with Ozil poor - even receiving much criticism from his own fans - amid giving the ball away twice in the lead up to Liverpool goals.
Owen was quick to pounce on Ozil's performance post-game, writing on his Twitter feed:
Wilshere and The Ox played well today but Ozil, despite his quality, plays well far too infrequently and rarely against the big teams.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) February 8, 2014
Yet while it was widely acknowledged Ozil under-performed, it was Owen's in-game commentary which divided opinion even more so.
While making a similar statement, he claimed that Liverpool playmaker Coutinho was more influential when it counted, which ignited quite a response:
Still can't believe Owen said coutinho is better than Ozil— Harry Lawless (@HarryLawless96) February 8, 2014
As if the performance wasn't bad enough - I have to listen to Michael Owen tell me Coutinho is better than Ozil. He is an abomination.— Jack Bradshaw (@JackBradshawAFC) February 8, 2014
Lol @ Owen putting Coutinho in company with Silva & Hazard and using it as a stick to beat Ozil with. Amazing— Lewis (@lewinick) February 8, 2014
Tune mute off. Hear Owen comparing Coutinho and Ozil. Mute back on.— A.N (@TheWengerWay) February 8, 2014
Hahahahahahaha Owen calling Coutinho better than Ozil. Hahahahahahaha— Dave (@Davee1908) February 8, 2014
Michael owen has noooooo respect at all. How can he say coutinho has a bigger effect than ozil in prem. Man said hazard, silva and coutinho— King Chibu (@_GERIAN) February 8, 2014
While Owen's assessment of Ozil in big games may be a narrative which progresses one way or not as the season develops, a simple look at the season statistics shows Coutinho has a way to go to match the German's overall output.
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Arsenal will hope heading into a crucial run of fixtures, their record signing can ensure he answers his doubters, rather than see them grow.