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Michael Owen refuses to back down over widely panned claim that Liverpool star is better than Arsenal ace

Former Liverpool star Michael Owen is refusing to back down over his claim that Raheem Sterling is better than Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, reports the Daily Mail.

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The 35-year-old has since been widely criticised on social media for the assertion, which was made just before the Reds lost 4-1 to the Gunners on Saturday. The game featured a great goal from Ozil, while Sterling won a penalty for the Merseyside club but didn’t make much else of an impact.

However, he still believes in what he said: “It seems my claim that Sterling is a better player than Ozil made some headlines today. Is there a debate? Not even close.”

The England international has been in the middle of a contract wrangle with the Anfield hierarchy according to a separate Daily Mail report. The North London club have been linked to a move for the winger, but it is debatable if they even need him.

With Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck, and Theo Walcott already able to play in his position Arsene Wenger is spoilt for choice in attacking midfield.

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