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Michael Owen praises ‘most dangerous’ Arsenal player against Liverpool

Michael Owen was impressed by one Arsenal player against Liverpool and says he was the most dangerous player on the pitch

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Michael Owen has identified Gabriel Martinelli as the standout performer during the Gunners’ impressive 3-1 victory on Sunday afternoon.

Mikel Arteta’s men knew that anything less than a win would severely dent their title aspirations this season. The match kicked off with an early strike from Bukayo Saka putting Arsenal in the lead. However, Liverpool managed to level the score just before halftime with a Gabriel Magalhaes own goal.

Martinelli scored a crucial goal for Arsenal midway through the second half when he capitalised on a mistake by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker, restoring the Gunners’ lead. Leandro Trossard sealed the deal with a third goal deep into second-half stoppage time, sending the Emirates Stadium into absolute pandemonium.

Throughout the match, Martinelli proved to be a constant threat to Liverpool’s defense, particularly troubling right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Brazilian forward’s impactful performance could have resulted in an early assist had Saka made better contact with his sensational run and cross.

Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli

Michael Owen says Gabriel Martinelli was the most dangerous Arsenal player against Liverpool (Image credit: Getty Images)

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Speaking on Premier League Production post-match, Michael Owen praised Martinelli, acknowledging him as Arsenal’s “most dangerous” player on the field. Owen expressed surprise at Arteta’s decision to substitute Martinelli, considering the significant impact he had on the game.

“He probably deserved a goal as well, didn’t he?” Owen commented. “I thought he was their most dangerous player. I was really surprised as well to see him come off.”

While Martinelli’s substitution raised eyebrows at the time, it proved to be an inspired decision, as his replacement contributed to Arsenal’s third goal. Despite a mixed campaign for Martinelli, Arteta singled him out for praise during his post-match media duties, highlighting the player’s confidence, sharpness, and overall threat.

“I think he looks again really confident, really sharp, he was a real threat today not only for the goal that he scored and how intuitive and cheeky and streetwise he was to do what he did, but as well Leo [Trossard],” Arteta told reporters.

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