Michael Owen issues warning to Arsenal after 6-0 win over Ludogorets

Michael Owen delivers his verdict on Arsenal's 6-0 win over Ludogorets on Wednesday night

Michael Owen has warned Arsenal that the north London side will face a much sterner test of their Champions League credentials when they take on Ludogorets in their next game in Bulgaria after Wednesday night’s dominant 6-0 win.

The Gunners secured a thumping victory over the Bulgarian minnows at Emirates Stadium as Arsene Wenger’s men took a step closer towards reaching the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition.

Arsenal took the lead early on thanks to Alexis Sanchez’s brilliant chipped finish, before Theo Walcott added a second with a powerful long-range strike.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain added a third after half-time, before Mesut Ozil scored his first hat-trick of his career to add gloss to the scoreline.

Ludogorets had started the game brightly and troubled Arsenal’s defence in the opening exchanges.

And former Liverpool striker Owen believes that the Gunners will be in for a much tougher test in their next Champions League game away in Bulgaria.

Speaking on BT Sport after the final whistle, Owen said: “It will be a different game in Ludogorets, definitely.

“I know it was 6-0 but they caused them a lot of problems in the first half. The next game will definitely be tough.”

He added: “Ludogorets are quite dominant in their league and they don’t know how to come and defend. They’ve got a shocking ‘keeper, I’ll give them that.

“They came to go toe-to-toe with Arsenal and I said it was dangerous at the start. They’ve been pumped.”

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Arsenal host Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

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