Michael Owen: Arsenal’s renaissance down to return of star duo

Michael Owen believes the return of Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey is behind Arsenal’s return to form.

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has often been on punditry duties this season, making a number of predictions as the season has gone on.

The retired 34-year-old has often got under the skin of Arsenal supporters, and he angered the Emirates faithful at the beginning of the season by tipping the Gunners to finish outside the top four and for record signing Mesut Ozil to struggle in the big games.

It was a bold prediction, and one which looked a long way from reality during the first half of the campaign.

The Gunners, however, suffered a dip in form throughout February and March and injuries to key players like Ozil and Aaron Ramsey momentarily compiled their misery.

Fortunately for the North Londoners, they have managed to regroup and as a result of a return to form and Everton’s loss to Manchester City, Champions League football is guaranteed for next season.

Owen has put Arsenal’s change in fortunes down to the return of influential midfielders Ramsey and Ozil, and he backed them to help Arsenal comfortably beat West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

“Arsenal have scored in all 15 previous games between the sides in the PL and have returned to something like their best form in recent weeks. This mini renaissance has coincided with the return to full fitness of Aaron Ramsey and Mezut Ozil and I expect to see another home win on Sunday,” he wrote in his BetVictor blog.

Welsh international Ramsey has had his best season in an Arsenal shirt this year, scoring nine goals and assisting a further eight in 19 Premier League starts.

German international Ozil, on the other hand, has had an average season by his high standards, scoring five goals with providing a further nine assists in 23 Premier League games.

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