MICHAEL OWEN has ripped into Arsenal following their 2-1 defeat against Brighton as he labelled Mikel Arteta’s side as “soft” and “flat track bullies”.
The Gunners succumbed to a second consecutive loss on Saturday as the Seagulls came back from behind to stun the North Londoners at the Amex Stadium.
The defeat leaves Arsenal in tenth spot, with the club looking increasingly unlikely of even qualifying for the Europa League.
A major squad-shake up is required at the Emirates, and Owen agrees that changes are needed – though he has backed Arteta to eventually get is right.
Speaking to Premier League productions about Arsenal’s result on the south coast, he said: “Again it’s the same old Arsenal.
“I happen to think Arteta is going to get it right but it’s an absolutely huge challenge that lies ahead.
“You never fancy Arsenal against the good teams – never. You never fancy Arsenal against any ‘okay’ teams away from home.
“They’re just soft and they have been soft for ten years, probably longer. The only time I fancy Arsenal is against bottom half Premier League teams at home.
“They’re flat track bullies. They have been for a long time. They beat anything that they should beat but when it gets a little bit tough they’re soft and as I say they’ve been like that for ages.
“This isn’t a surprise, I said it ten years ago.”
Arsenal have also been dealt a huge injury blow with Bernd Leno to potentially be out of action for up to a year.
The German goalkeeper landed awkwardly after an aerial challenge from Neal Maupay, resulting in him leaving the field on a stretcher.
It has even been speculated that the Gunners could make an emergency swoop for Joe Hart should he leave Burnley at the end of the month.
By: Jake Lambourne
Title: Arsenal blasted as ‘soft for ten years and flat track bullies’ after dismal Brighton loss by Michael Owen
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/11924319/arsenal-flat-track-bullies-michael-owen/
Published Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2020 13:48:08 +0000