Arsenal do not have the depth of quality to clinch the Premier League title and record acquisition Mesut Özil is failing to prove that he is really world class, at least that's the punchy opinion of Michael Owen.
Özil arrived in north London on transfer deadline day for a fee of €50 million and has played a prominent role in propelling the club to the summit of the Premier League table, while also securing a passage into the Champions League's last 16.
The 25-year-old has scored four goals and provided seven assists in his 13 league outings for the Gunners, but Özil has yet to offer enough in order to convince Owen that he has the capability of spearheading a genuine title challenge.
"[Arsenal] don’t have the class of player to go toe to toe with the main title contenders," Owen told Sportlobster.
"Despite people constantly telling me Mesut Özil 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.”
Arsenal will face another stern examination of their title credentials next week when they meet Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium. Victory for the Blues will see Arsene Wenger's side relinquish top spot for the first time since early October.
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