Michael Owen highlighted the vast disparity between Rob Holding and Erling Haaland in the aftermath of Arsenal’s 4-1 loss to Manchester City on Wednesday evening at the Etihad Stadium.
The ex-England forward expressed sympathy for Rob Holding, as he felt Erling Haaland was simply “too big, too strong, and too quick” for the Arsenal defender.
In recent weeks, the English player has been stepping in as a central defender for Arsenal, with William Saliba sidelined due to injury.
The absence of the French international has significantly impacted Mikel Arteta’s team, leading to dropped points in their last four matches.
Consequently, their advantage at the top of the Premier League table has dwindled to just two points, with Manchester City holding two games in hand.
Michael Owen discussed the one-sided duel between Holding and Haaland during an interview with Premier League Productions (26/04/23 at 10:20 pm).
Owen described how Manchester City effectively executed their strategy, emphasizing Holding’s inability to handle Haaland. He suggested that Holding should have been more aggressive and sought assistance when dealing with the powerful forward. Owen expressed his sympathy for Holding in this challenging situation.
Regardless of their feelings, Arsenal’s fate now lies outside their control.
This might alleviate some pressure on the Gunners, allowing them to focus on winning their remaining Premier League matches and hoping for a Manchester City slip-up.
While the season has shown significant progress for the team, the recent downturn will undoubtedly sting, considering their dominant position for much of the campaign.