Michael Owen believes that Mesut Ozil will not be able to lead the Gunners to title glory as the German international is too inconsistent to grace a title winning team.
Arsenal bought Ozil for a record £42.5m fee from Real Madrid last summer and his arrival has taken the Gunners to an all-new level, keeping them top of the league for two months running.
The German international has made seven assists, the most in the league and will only get better once he acclimatises himself with the speed of English football. The 25-year-old is regarded to be among the best players in his position to ever grace the game and his contribution has been vital to whatever Arsenal have achieved so far.
However, former Liverpool and Manchester United player Owen believes the Gunners are beating about the bush in terms of their capability and will be pushed off their throne once the season progresses. The former Real Madrid man believes that Ozil's performances are extremely inconsistent to have an impact and one proper performance is followed up with a dozen dire ones.
"Arsenal don't have the class of player to go toe to toe with the main title contenders. Despite people constantly telling me 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," Owen said.
However, the player does consider Liverpool as title contenders and expects them to go toe to toe with the league leaders till the end of the season.
"Liverpool are fully deserving of being labelled title contenders. The Reds are firmly back in the big time. The noises I am hearing are that Rodgers has money to spend this coming window and should he unearth another couple of gems, I certainly wouldn't back against them lifting some silverware come May," Owen concluded.