Former Manchester United striker Owen made the comments about the two Arsenal stars on the UEFA Champions League Tonight Live show on BT Sport Europe on Wednesday evening (September 30).
“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 the former England international.
"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 in the Champions League over the past two seasons or so.
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 in Isco.
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.
Arsenal fans are not happy with Owen’s comments and have responded to the former Liverpool striker via HITC Sport.
Below are some of the best comments:
sow: “Who’s Owen? An ex united and Liverpool player. Am not surprised. Last week he made a comment about the Diego Costa situation. Very shocking that this ideas are coming from a good player he used to be. Listen what he he is saying and forget.”
ammangunner: “Really I wonder re Owens comments, he seems to wish to cause controversy at every opportunity. He realises Arsenal have a large following on social media, and does his best to stir things up.
“There are many foreign players who have played in England on large price tags, who have not performed for other clubs.
“Sanchez has been fantastic for all the clubs, he played for and has been a revelation for Arsenal. Ozil is pure class a world cup winner, has fantastic stats for Arsenal, in creating goals. His only issue is he is not consistent particularly in important games, a far better player than Owen.”
Pop Corn: “Ozil = Current World Cup champion, playing in most if not all games. Sanchez = Current Copa America champion, Scoring, assisting. These second rate players Currently own winners medals in 2 of footballs biggest competitions.”
Phil Murray: “Ozil made 52 appearances in his last season for Real with 29 assists and 10 goals. Sanchez was replaced by Suarez. Sanchez made 54 appearances for Barcelona in his last season with 21 goals.
“Michael Owen is so biased against Arsenal in every article he writes it is embarrassing. The only second rate player in this conversation is him.”