Former Liverpool striker Owen lables Arsenal star Mesut Özil a 'second rate' player

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The former Liverpool and Manchester United striker has stated that Mesut Özil is a second rate player.

Özil played the full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s surprise 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Greek champions.

“The players we are attracting from the likes of Spain in particular, the Ozils, the Sanchezes, they are not their top-liners, are they?” Owen told BT Sport.

“They are players that are sort of starting, sometimes on the bench, getting brought off in games. We are getting their second-rate players at the moment.”

Özil was unable to provide an assist or goal. The World Cup winner has yet to setup up a goal or get on the scoresheet in the Champions League this season.

Olympiakos strategic advisor and BT Sport pundit Christian Karembeu also criticised Özil’s performance in the 3-2 loss against the Greek giants at the Emirates.

“I am so sorry for Özil he was missing, he did not do anything,” Karembeu said on BT Sport after the Arsenal v Olmypiakos game.

Karembeu did however, underline that Özil is a great player and that he admired him at Real Madrid.

“I know him from Real Madrid he was a key player there but he could not help the team today or deliver some key passes,” he added.

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