Arsenal are not a top-four team, claims Michael Owen

Michael Owen does not believe that Arsenal have a squad capable of finishing in the Premier League's top four this season

Michael Owen
Michael Owen does not feel Arsenal are a "top-four operation" Photo: BT

Michael Owen does not believe that Arsenal have a squad capable of finishing in the Premier League’s top four this season.

The Gunners are currently top of the table ahead of their trip to Swansea City on Saturday, with the north Londoners having won their last four top-flight games after their opening-day loss to Aston Villa.

But former Liverpool and England striker Owen feels that the Gunners do not have the quality to be considered a top-four side this season.

“From the start I had my reservations. They seemed not to be spending but then came up with one big investment right at the end of the transfer window,” Owen wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph.

“When I look at a squad I see a decent collection of players but not a top-four operation.

From the back: the goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny is capable but I would have the ‘keeper of all the other top teams ahead of Arsenal’s.

“In defence, Arsenal are decent, but again none of their back four would make a composite Premier League XI.

“If I look right the way through the Arsenal team, with a view to picking an all-star side from the top six clubs, I would struggle to nominate one Arsenal player. Mesut Özil is the only one who would have a chance.”

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