Michael Owen: What I really think about Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

Michael Owen discusses Arsene Wenger's long reign as Arsenal manager

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Former Liverpool star Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen has given his honest take on Arsene Wenger’s tenure at Arsenal, crediting the Frenchman with bringing a new “era” to English football.

The Frenchman has been in charge of the north London side for the last 21 years and has enjoyed plenty of success with the Gunners, especially during his first few years at the club.

Wenger led Arsenal to three Premier League titles while the Gunners were still playing their home games at Highbury, including their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 campaign.

However, the Gunners have not won the Premier League since then and only have three FA Cup titles to show following their move from Highbury to The Emirates back in 2006.

Former Liverpool striker Owen has been one of Wenger’s fiercest critics in recent years but the ex-forward clearly believes that the Frenchman deserves credit for his long reign at Arsenal.

Speaking to BT Sport on Sunday, Owen said: “He’s taken this Premier League by storm.

“As soon as he took over, [the Arsenal players] were faster, more durable and they never got injured. They were beasts, all of them.

“He really made everyone sit up and take note that football had gone into a new era.”

He added: “Nothing’s permanent – and I think he wishes it was, because he was the king for a few years, and then everyone else caught up.”

Wenger’s Arsenal team are currently in fifth place in the Premier League table as they look to try and win the title this season.

The north London side return to Premier League action after the international break when they travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford on Saturday 14 October.

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