In London, England, Gabriel Martinelli from Arsenal receives praise from his teammates following his goal in the UEFA Champions League game against RC Lens at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2023.
According to Michael Owen, a former Liverpool striker who is now a pundit, Arsenal is unexpectedly becoming strong contenders in the Champions League this year. Nevertheless, he suggests that their primary chances for triumph rest in the Premier League. The Gunners have ensured their spot in the final 16 of Europe’s top tournament by topping Group B with a game remaining. Despite this accomplishment, Owen doubts whether Mikel Arteta’s team possesses the required expertise to win their first European Cup.
“Comparing the teams, Manchester City seems to be in a league of their own,” Owen expressed in the TNT Sports studio prior to Arsenal’s game against PSV Eindhoven. “Arsenal lacks that level of experience. Nevertheless, they will pose a challenge for any opponent at their home ground, the Emirates, which will make it an undesirable place for any team to visit.” Owen proceeds to voice his concerns regarding Arsenal’s capacity to dominate a match at the Bernabeu, unlike Manchester City. He proposes that if Arsenal can advance to the quarter-finals or semi-finals, it would establish a foundation for future triumphs. Additionally, Owen emphasizes the chance for Arsenal to clinch the Premier League title.
Discussing the competition for the Premier League, Owen highlights that Manchester City’s unpredictability has provided Arsenal with an opportunity to secure their first championship in two decades. He opines that it will be a contest involving three or four teams, with Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester City at the forefront. While the Champions League will be put on hold until February, Arsenal will shift their attention towards a packed domestic agenda. Following their encounter against PSV Eindhoven, they will confront Brighton before an essential showdown with Liverpool at Anfield on December 23rd. Arsenal’s position in second place has been influenced by a recent 1-0 loss against Aston Villa, leaving them trailing behind Jurgen Klopp’s table-leading Reds by only one point.