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Michael Owen praises Arsenal’s change of mentality, no longer ‘soft’ as in the past year

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Michael Owen praises Arsenal’s shift in mindset, claiming they’ve been ‘soft’ in recent years…

Michael Owen believes it is now time for Arsenal fans to get ‘excited’ as Mikel Arteta’s team returns to the top of the Premier League table.

Arsenal bounced back from their 3-1 away defeat to Manchester United with a 3-0 thrashing of Brentford in a game they controlled from start to finish, away from home.

An early goal from William Saliba set the tone before Gabriel Jesus scored Arsenal’s second to give the Gunners a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Arsenal regained the top spot in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Brentford on Sunday

Michael Owen is impressed with what he sees of Mikel Arteta's new look at Arsenal

Michael Owen is impressed with what he sees of Mikel Arteta’s new look at Arsenal

New boy Fabio Vieira scored a screamer on his full-length Premier League debut to complete the scoring, leaving Owen in awe of what he saw from the traveling side.

Speaking to Premier League Productions, the former Liverpool forward said: “I would have been the first person to accuse them of being soft in recent years and they certainly have been, but they do have a maturity [now] despite the fact that there are many young players in the team.’

Only four players who started last season’s return from last season were in the Arsenal XI for this campaign’s visit to Brentford, and the difference in quality was evident as Arsenal suffered last season’s woes at the GTech Community Stadium apparently completely forgotten.

“That performance compared to last season was in a different league,” continues Owen.

“We’ve looked at the games they’ve already played and they’ve been beneficial to them. The first five they won and their first big test against Manchester United didn’t let them down, but they stumbled.

“It was important for them to win again and they did. They are back to the top of the league. Big tests are coming because they have had a good start, but confidence is growing, they are maturing.’

Part of the reason for Arsenal’s strong start to the season – and new-found maturity – is due to this summer’s arrival and the return of William Saliba from his loan spell.

In recent years, Arsenal fans may have been tempted to get prematurely excited about their side’s fortunes, but it seems like there could be something else going on with this current crop of players – and Owen agrees.

“If I were an Arsenal fan – after a few years – I would start to get excited now.”

William Saliba celebrates with Arsenal in the foreground

Gabriel Jesus rides away in celebration after leading Arsenal to a 2-0 lead

Goal scorers William Saliba (L) and Gabriel Jesus have had a huge impact on Arsenal this season



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