Michael Owen suggests Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke was good enough for Arsenal

Michael Owen

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen says that Aston VIlla’s Christian Benteke was good enough for Arsenal in 2012.

Michael Owen has told BT Sport’s Football Tonight show that he thought Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke would have been a good fit for Arsenal.

Benteke joined Villa from Genk in the summer of 2012 and had a brilliant debut season in the Premier League.

The Belgium international scored 19 goals and created 53 chances in 34 Premier League appearances in 2012-13, while having a pass accuracy of 65% and a shot accuracy of 59%.

However, the 24-year-old has since struggled to repeat the heroics of that season, largely due to injuries.

Last season Benteke scored 10 goals and created 46 chances in 26 league matches, while having a pass accuracy of 61% and a shot accuracy of 53%.

So far this campaign, the former Standard Liege star has managed a mere three goals and created 16 chances in 19 Premier League matches, and has a pass accuracy of just 66% and a shot accuracy of only 39%.

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Owen still seems to rate Benteke highly, and has revealed that he thought he would have been a good signing for North London outfit Arsenal.

“When he first came to the country, I thought he was outstanding,” the 35-year-old told BT Sport’s Football Tonight show on Monday.

“I thought actually he was what Arsenal needed at the time. He was brilliant. Obvious he had a bad injury, he has not come back into the same form, and he has come into a team that is low on confidence.”

Villa are currently struggling for survival in the Premier League, and Benteke’s form has mirrored that of his team.

The Belgian is a very good striker, but to prove that he is a top-quality player, now is the time to step up and made sure that the Villans do not go down.

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