It’s safe to assume that Michael Owen is not the biggest fan of Arsenal’s in-form playmaker Mesut Ozil.
Back in April, Owen said he’d rather have Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling over the German World Cup winner - and on Monday night he was irritated that Ozil was awarded the assist for Theo Walcott’s opening goal against Manchester City.
“That's where stats are b******s,” Owen wrote on Twitter, “Ozil assist? Koscielny had the biggest influence…”
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Ozil was credited with the assist for Walcott’s goal - his 14th of the season - even though the ‘assist’ on this occasion was a simple five-yard pass. It was Walcott’s individual brilliance that made the goal, rather than the pass.
Just over ten minutes later, however, Ozil notched his 15th assist of the season when his pass was converted by Olivier Giroud to put Arsenal 2-0 ahead against City.
Arsenal fans hit back at Owen
Arsenal fans - the majority of whom have remained fiercely loyal to Ozil, even when he was not performing well for the Gunners, since he arrived from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 - made their feelings clear about Owen’s opinion on Twitter.
They clearly saw it as another attack on Ozil - and here are some of the best replies.
Ozil is finally performing for Arsenal
Ozil has been outstanding this season but to suggest the 27-year-old performed this well for Arsenal during his first two years at the Emirates Stadium would be a gross exaggeration.
The German flattered to deceive during both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 campaigns, particularly during the big matches, but has now rediscovered the form and confidence that made him a household name in the first place.
Arsenal fans: what do you make of Michael Owen’s comment - does he have a point? Have your say by leaving a comment below.