Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen said on the UEFA Champions League Tonight Live show on BT Sport Europe on Wednesday evening (September 30) that Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are second-rate players.
“The players we are attracting from the likes of Spain in particular, the Ozils, the Sanchezes, they are not their top-liners, are they?" said Owen.
"They are players that are sort of starting, sometimes on the bench, getting brought off in games. We are getting their second-rate players at the moment."
Owen made the comments while discussing the Premier League clubs' struggles over the past two seasons or so.
While Arsenal fans will not be happy with the former Liverpool striker’s comments about Ozil and Sanchez, perhaps he has a point.
Ozil is one of the most talented attacking midfielders in Europe, but the Germany international was let go by Madrid in the summer of 2013.
While the signing of the 26-year-old was a real coup for Arsenal, the reason why Madrid sold him was that they had signed a suitable and potentially better replacement.
Isco replaced Ozil at the Santiago Bernabeu - the Spain international attacker is a better, younger and more mobile version of the German.
As for Sanchez, he did not fit into the style of Barcelona. The Catalan giants are focused on playing possession-football, while the Chile international forward uses his power and strength.
Barcelona sold Sanchez because they thought that he was surplus to requirements - the same reason why Madrid sold Ozil.