Michael Owen says Arsenal are just an ‘average Premier League team’ after Liverpool defeat

Mikel Arteta the manager / head coach of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Arsenal at Turf Moor on March 6, 2021 in Burnley, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Are Arsenal just an ‘average Premier League team’? (Picture: AMA/Getty)

Michael Owen thinks Arsenal have been ‘carried’ by their badge and club legends in recent years when in reality they’re just an ‘average Premier League team’.

Owen, the former Liverpool and Manchester United striker, associates the club with Arsene Wenger’s title-challenging teams but admitted they are nowhere near that level at the moment.

His comments came in the wake of another humiliating home defeat in what’s been a miserable season for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Liverpool put them to the sword on Saturday night, with Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah scoring the goals in a 3-0 defeat.

Arteta slammed the performance as ‘unacceptable’ but as Owen pointed out, the fact they are ninth in the table having played 30 matches, speaks volumes about the level they’re operating at in these times.

‘I think Arsenal are probably 10 or 20% worse than what we collectively think,’ Owen told Premier League Productions.

Michael Owen says Arsenal are just an 'average Premier League team' after their 3-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Owen was left unimpressed by Arsenal (Picture: Premier League Productions)

‘Their badge carries them. Their stadium and their support and the legends that have played for them carry them.

‘So we all think – when I think of Arsenal, I think title challengers. It’s just what I’ve been brought up with, it’s what I naturally think.

‘Arsenal are a huge club so I’ve naturally got an opinion and our generation has an opinion way above what they actually are.

‘They’re average. They’re ninth in the league, aren’t they? So an average Premier League team.

‘We haven’t played five games this season… 15 years they’ve been an okay team but okay is just not enough, certainly not enough from the teams I grew up watching.

‘They’ve had gluts of years where they were unbelievable title-winning teams. Every year they would be up there and you’d think, wow we’ve got to beat Arsenal.

‘Now you look at fixtures and look at the last 10 fixtures of someone, if you see Arsenal, secretly you just think that’s not that hard a game anymore.

‘They’re just an average Premier League team at the moment. That’s what the league says, hard for Arsenal fans to stomach that but that’s what they are and Arteta has got a huge job.’

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