Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes people give too much credit to Arsenal, whose Champions League dreams were left in tatters after defeat to AS Monaco.
Goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia, Dimitar Berbatov and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco resulted in an astonishing 3-1 home defeat for the Gunners, who scored through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Arsene Wenger’s team is now staring at another exit from the Champions League round of 16, as they must score three without reply in the second-leg.
Owen wrote on Sportlobster.com: “Arsenal played poor on the night, but the only people surprised are those who continue to believe they are better than they are.
“Saying this, I would take Arsenal to beat Monaco more often than not.”
Arsenal have never lost to Ligue 1 opposition in the Champions League during Wenger’s long reign at the north London club.
However, Monaco have conceded just one goal in the Europe’s premier club competition this season.
Despite Manchester City and Arsenal suffering defeat in their respective first-legs this week, Owen dismissed claims of the Premier League falling behind other European leagues.
He added: “I fail to get carried away by two results.
“There is too much rubbish written about the Premier League being inferior to other European leagues.”
Arsenal face Monaco at Stade Louis II on 17 March.
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