Michael Owen comments on why he was particularly impressed with Arsenal

Michael Owen

Michael Owen says he was especially impressed with Arsenal because they won without Alexis Sanchez.

As when ever there is an outstanding individual in the Premier League, the unfair label of a 'one man team' is thrown at his club.

Liverpool had it thrown at them last season when Luis Suarez was outstanding, Tottenham fans also had to bear such a term when Gareth Bale was at his peak in the division. Arsenal fans will remember it all to well from Thierry Henry's glory days.

So the impressive form of Alexis Sanchez has led to a return of such jibes, which Arsenal answered emphatically against Aston Villa with the Chilean missing.

BT Sport pundit Michael Owen admitted via his SportLobster page, he was one who felt the Gunners' ability to beat Aston Villa without Sanchez was especially notable.

He wrote: "Authoritative performance from Arsenal and that's without their star man. The race for Champions League places is hotting up."

Aston Villa were so bad however, that the Gunners probably could have played their under-21 team against them and secured a win, yet the way they put them to the sword in an effective 5-0 win was dazzling.

Sanchez may not have been fit, but it's actually a benefit for Arsenal, as if there was any self-doubt about being over reliant on his impact, this display answered it.

It's doubtful they did feel this way, for in the last game against Manchester City, Sanchez was quiet and it was Santi Cazorla who was dominant.

With Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott returned, their attack has a star-studded feel, and while Sanchez may at times be unplayable and individually superior to any other player, they are anything but a one man team, just like the old Invincibles Arsenal side under Thierry Henry were not either.

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