Throughout the season, Michael Owen has continued to remind people of his lack of faith regarding Arsenal’s title-challenge this season.
The former England international striker has often taken to social networking site Twitter in order to express his views, much to the annoyance of the Arsenal supporters.
In an interview with the Telegraph Sport, Michael Owen joined up with former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann, 1999 Champions League winner Dwight Yorke and sports interviewer Henry Winter to discuss the English sides’ chances for the forthcoming Champions League ties.
Arsenal understandably go onto their Champions League tie with reigning champions Bayern Munich as underdogs. The Germans currently top the Bundesliga by an unbridgeable gap of 16 points, and have gone 46 league games unbeaten – winning the last 13 on the spin.
The chances of Arsenal overcoming a team referred to as a ‘well-oiled machine’ are small, but they do have a chance – at least according to Didi Hamann and Dwight Yorke.
Michael Owen on the other hand has completely ruled out the possibility of Arsenal progressing, and even went on to say their players ultimately lack individual quality, adding:
“If I were picking the Premier League top XI, I wouldn’t have an Arsenal player in it.
"I don’t think they have the quality of Chelsea, City, of half of Liverpool. They are punching above their weight. They don’t have the absolute quality to win the Champions League.”
Whilst everyone is entitled to their opinion, it could be seen as bizarre to say after 26 games of the season – and Arsenal lying in second place, one point off the top – that they don’t have the quality of half a Liverpool side – one which they just knocked out of the FA Cup.
Has Michael Owen been overly criticial of the Gunners? Are they punching above their weight?
Perhaps it is worth asking Spurs, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli of Arsenal's quality - teams of which the Gunners have already impressively overcome this season.
Is Michael Owen’s assessment correct? Would Arsenal’s record £42.4m signing Mesut Ozil make a Premier League XI?