Owen: With that squad, Arsenal’s title-challenge is unbelievable achievement

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Michael Owen hints that Arsene Wenger has performed admirably without a top-class squad.

Michael Owen predicted Arsenal to finish fifth at the beginning of the season, and received a fair amount of flak as a result.

In fairness to the former Manchester United striker, he has been consistent in his view that the Arsenal squad is not good enough to sustain a title-challenge.

Much to his surprise, the Gunners entered 2014 sitting at the top of the Premier League table and looked genuine contenders for the title.

Unfortunately for Arsene Wenger and his men, a number of key injuries to first-team stars have seriously hindered them and the players coming in haven’t been able to replicate the same standard of performances.

A number of poor performances over the last six weeks - including a crushing 6-0 loss at Chelsea and yesterday’s 3-0 defeat at Everton – have seen Arsenal fall 10 points behind top spot and only one ahead of the Toffees in fifth.

What has gone so badly wrong at Arsenal? Is Arsene Wenger losing his touch? Is it simply a case of too many injuries? It’s all debatable, but for Michael Owen, he’s adamant the underlying problem is the lack of quality throughout Arsenal’s squad, commenting on Twitter after yesterday's loss to Everton:

'@brucemillington How he has managed to stay in the title race with that squad until April is an unbelievable achievement in itself.

 

Owen has hinted that it’s testament to Wenger’s managerial ability to even involve his team in the title-race for so long. However, it also reinforces the idea that the Frenchman badly played his hand during the last two transfer windows.

With just five games remaining, Arsenal can still rescue their season by claiming a top four spot ahead of Everton and winning the FA Cup.

Would that constitute a good season for the Gunners? Michael Owen believes so, and is of the opinion that it was all the club could have hoped for this season.

 

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