Premier League great Michael Owen has admitted Arsenal have impressed him with their maturity despite previously accusing them of being soft.
Arsenal have made a strong start to the 2022-23 season under manager Mikel Arteta. They are currently top of the Premier League table with 18 points, having won six and lost one of their seven matches so far.
Although there are 31 games left to play, the Gunners have certainly claimed their stake as genuine title contenders. Arteta and Co. managed to do this despite being one of the youngest teams in the league.
Assessing Arsenal’s start to the season, Owen acknowledged he was the first person to accuse them of being soft. However, the Englishman believes the North London giants are maturing well. He told Premier League Productions [via HITC]:
“Certainly, yes, I would have been the first person to accuse them of being soft over the past few years and they have been.”
“But they have acquired a certain maturity, despite having quite a few young players in the team.”
Owen, however, highlighted how Arsenal have had a favorable run of fixtures so far. The former Liverpool striker was impressed with how they bounced back from losing to Manchester United with a win at Brentford last weekend. He said:
“We looked at the matches they played and it was favourable. The first five they won and then their first real chance and the big test was against Manchester United and they stumbled.”
“It was important that they get back to winning ways in a really tough place. Back to the top of the league. Confidence is growing. They are all maturing well.”
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, after long years of waiting, and then I’ll start to get excited.”
Arsenal have some tricky fixtures ahead
The Gunners entered the international break as Premier League leaders, with Manchester City behind them. The North London giants are now not back in action until October 1.
Arteta’s side, however, are set to face rivals Tottenham Hotspur at home when club football resumes. They will also host Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the league on October 9.
Having had a relatively favorable run of early encounters, it remains to be seen how the table players will fare against Spurs and Liverpool.