“Arsenal are not underachieving this season” – Owen

Michael Owen 2Michael Owen has rubbished talk that Arsenal are underachieving this season and believes that Arsene Wenger’s men are exactly where they should be, ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic at Wembley.

The Gunners are heavy favourites to defeat the Championship team and make it into the finals of the competition, where they will play either Hull City or Sheffield United.

Although Everton will overtake Arsenal on the Premier League log if they beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Owen insists Arsenal would have had a successful season if they won the FA Cup and finish fourth.

“If I was an Arsenal player I’d be really excited to have such a good opportunity to win the cup,” he told Goal. “They only have to play to their ability.

“All the other big teams are out and if they can play to their potential, they’ve got to beat a Championship team and then either a League One team or a side in the bottom half of the Premier League. It’s a fantastic opportunity to win a huge piece of silverware.

“I don’t go along with them not having a good mentality. I think they do and they’re doing exactly what they should be doing at the moment.

“They’re about the fourth or fifth best team in the Premier League and that’s exactly where they’re going to finish up. If they get fourth and win the cup it will be a good season for them.

“They’re punching exactly their weight and they’ve got a great chance to win the FA Cup. They just need to seize the moment.”

The former Manchester United striker, also stated that winning the FA Cup, will go a long way to changing the atmosphere around the Emirates.

“It would be huge for them to win it because of how big the FA Cup is and because of how long it’s been since they won a trophy,” he added.

“In terms of it being a springboard, not really. They need to carry on developing their team and add a bit more quality if they want to compete for the title but this competition has really opened up for them and they’ll never get a better chance to win it.

“It would bring a nice bit of relief for Arsenal fans and a nice bit of cheer and, if they can wrap it up with coming fourth in the league, that will make it a good season for them.”