Former Liverpool and Manchester United ace Michael Owen admits he wasn’t surprised by Arsenal’s ‘soft’ defeat to Brighton and says the Gunners are only capable of beating bottom half teams at home.
Nicolas Pepe gave the Gunners the lead on the south coast but a Lewis Dunk equaliser followed by Neal Maupay’s late effort gave the Seagulls all three points.
The defeat followed Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad earlier in the week and leaves the Gunners in 10th spot, with a goal difference of zero.
The Gunners have won just nine matches this term, a tally bettered by the likes of Newcastle, Southampton and Burnley.
Owen insists he wasn’t surprised by the nature of Arsenal’s collapse and says he doesn’t think the Gunners can beat any team away from home, while only fancying them against the weakest opposition at the Emirates.
‘Again it’s the same old Arsenal,’ Owen told Premier League Productions.
‘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.’
Results elsewhere mean Arsenal are now in tenth and they face Southampton at St Mary’s in their next fixture, with the Saints needing a win to go level with Arteta’s side.
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