New season, new Arsenal outrage caused by Michael Owen...
Not for the first time, Michael Owen has infuriated Arsenal fans with his comments.
Writing in his pre-season column for Colossus Bets, Owen has already written off the club's title chances.
He predicts the Gunners to finish in third place, which is at least some progress, given the last two campaigns he has tipped them to end up in fifth, and miss out on a Champions League place.
What really caused a reaction, intentional or not, was his criticism of Alexis Sanchez.
Owen stated that he felt despite Sanchez's talent, he would not get into Chelsea's first team XI, comments which echoed his assertion Raheem Sterling is better than Mesut Ozil, made last season.
Arsenal fans are so used to Owen writing them off by now, it would probably make them uncomfortably worried if he predicted them to do well.
Michael owen with his false prediction again.this time Arsenal will finish third.that means we will be champions— James Machariah (@mashdolski) August 5, 2015
Benzema or no Benzema, I'm still excited for Arsenal this season, Michael Owen has written them off for the title. All coming together.— Gavin Woods (@WoodmanGav) August 5, 2015
A prediction is one thing, but Owen's comments on Sanchez have left further questions over his credibility as a pundit. Sanchez is one of the best players in world football, and it's hard to see Oscar, Willian or Juan Cuadrado keeping him out of the Chelsea side.
Here is a look at what Arsenal fans had to say in response...
"Alexis Sanchez would not get into the Chelsea team"? What's @themichaelowen smoking?— Mr. Ike Niwa ™ ☜ (@IkeC4pt4in) August 6, 2015
Michael Owen :Alexis Sanchez would not get in the Chelsea team???? It's about time we start praying for Michael think he's going mental— SUPER G⚽⚽₪ER♚ (@ONESuperGUNNER) August 6, 2015
@themichaelowen u in ur footballing peak would not have gotten into any Arsenal teams from 1997-2005.— Yuan Hua Lim (@valonking) August 6, 2015
Arsenal FC (@FFArsenal) August 6, 2015