Owen: I'm wrong about Arsenal finishing 5th, right about Ozil

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Former Liverpool man Michael Owen has shown the first signs of admitting he is wrong over predicting Arsenal to finish in fifth.

Michael Owen has caused controversy among Arsenal fans all season long, tipping them to finish fifth beforehand - and refusing to budge from that prediction last Autumn despite them topping the league.

And despite last week telling The Telegraph that the Gunners were 'punching above their weight', and stating he wouldn't select a single Arsenal player in his Premier League XI, he has at least backtracked a little.

Owen has also been regularly critical of Mesut Ozil, who he stated was not world class in terms of his regular influence of games - this is a stance he is seemingly sticking to.

Owen praised the Gunners at the weekend, Tweeting about how much he enjoyed their football in their 4-1 demolition of Sunderland.

He followed this up by admitting he got one of his bold statements right and one wrong, and it doesn't take much guesswork as to which he is alluding to.

With record signing Mesut Ozil at his lowest ebb since his arrival from Real Madrid, Owen is feeling particularly buoyant about his previous claims the German was not consistent enough to influence close games at home and abroad.

Ozil has come under immense criticism since missing his penalty against Bayern Munich in midweek, and was rested by Arsene Wenger for the win against Sunderland.

The hope among Arsenal fans is that Ozil can return back to his best to influence the title run-in over the final few games, and prove all of his doubters wrong. With a World Cup on the horizon too, Ozil couldn't possibly have more motivation to succeed than he does right now.

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