Michael Owen is possibly one of the worst and most deluded pundits around, and in his latest outburst on BT Sport he has branded Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil second-rate players.
Owen claims we don’t bring the top quality stars from Spain anymore, and instead bring their fringe players. He highlights Özil and Alexis in particular, claiming they were second-rate after arriving at Arsenal from Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
He said: “The players we are attracting from the likes of Spain in particular, the Özils, the Sanchezes, they are not their top-liners, are they?
“They are players that are sort of starting, sometimes on the bench, getting brought off in games. We are getting their second-rate players at the moment.”
Yet again Owen has spouted more pointless nonsense, as the transfer patterns he mentions have nothing to do with English clubs failing to attract top talent from other countries and leagues.
It’s pretty simple really, top clubs look to hold onto their top players.
Are English clubs able to lure the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi away from Real Madrid and Barcelona? No, because the Spanish giants are two of the biggest clubs in the world, and they will do everything they can to hold onto the world class duo.
But equally, Chelsea will do everything in their power to keep Eden Hazard at the club, and Manchester City would loathe to lose a player boasting the quality of Sergio Aguero. Real Madrid and Barcelona are possibly the only two clubs in world football that could tempt the pair, and even then they may struggle.
Alexis is unquestionably one of the world’s best, and the fact that we secured his services was nothing short of phenomenal. Obviously Barcelona had to be willing to let him go, and they may not have believed the Chilean was in the same bracket as the likes of Messi. Almost any team in the world would love to have Alexis in their side however, so to call him second-rate is farcical.
As much as we’d all love to believe it’s not true, Barcelona are a bigger – and often more appealing – club than Arsenal. Short of throwing astronomical wages in their faces, players starting regularly for the Catalan club are likely to be less than keen on making a move to the Premier League. We may not be attracting the very, very top players from the biggest clubs in the world – your Real Madrids, Barcelonas, and Bayern Munichs – but is that really surprising?
Owen has been regularly criticised for his boring and ridiculous commentary, and was slaughtered on Twitter following his involvement in our win over Chelsea in the Community Shield (via The Independent). He really needs a filter on his mouth, but unfortunately that doesn’t seem likely. So for the moment we might just have to settle for pointing and laughing whenever he speaks.