Ozil not the man for Arsenal says Owen as he tips Liverpool
Former Reds striker says his old side are title challengers, but Gunners do not have the class
ARSENAL'S record signing Mesut Ozil has impressed many people this season as the Gunners have surged to the top of the Premier League table, but former England striker Michael Owen is not among his admirers.
The player-turned-pundit has criticised the German for his inconsistency and has joined the ranks of commentators who do not believe that Arsenal have what it takes to last the pace in the title race.
Writing on the Sportslobster website, Owen explained: "Despite people constantly telling me that Mesut Ozil is world class, his inconsistency means that we only see occasional glimpses of real quality.
"His odd good performance is usually followed by half a dozen poor ones and despite Giroud performing admirably, unless Wenger acquires a new striker to help share the load, they could just tail off the longer the season goes on."
He adds that despite the fine form of Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker and others in the Gunners ranks "they don't have the class of player to go toe to toe with the main title contenders".
Having written off the Gunners, the former Liverpool and Manchester United player went on to tip his two former clubs to challenge for honours this season.
United have struggled under new manager David Moyes, but that has not stopped Owen from predicting "that famous post Christmas surge that has been a trademark of United over the past two decades".
Talking about Liverpool, he says Brendan Rodgers's team is "fully deserving" of the label "title contenders" and insists that with Luis Suarez leading the line the Reds are "firmly back in the big time".
However, he declares that Manchester City are the best team in the league, before swiftly covering his back by pointing out that "the best team doesn't always win the league". He also says it would not be "huge shock" if Chelsea went on to win the title. ·