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Michael Owen sends a message to Arsenal fans

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The former Premier League striker gave an endorsing review of the club’s progress over the past year.

Arsenal fans can finally ‘get excited’ as Mikel Arteta’s side grows in confidence and maturity, according to Michael Owen.

The Gunners made it six wins out of seven games on Sunday by beating Brentford 3-0. The victory was the perfect response to the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United a fortnight ago. It not only got them back to winning ways, but it restored the club’s lead in the Premier League table.

“I would have been the first person to accuse them of being soft over the last few years and they’ve definitely been that but they have a maturity [now] despite having a lot of young players in the team,” Owen said on Premier League Productions.

“That performance compared to last season was a different class. We looked at the fixtures they’ve played already and they have been favorable for them. The first five they won and their first big test against Manchester United. They didn’t let themselves down, but they stumbled.

“It was important they got back to winning ways, and they did. They’re back to the top of the league. There are going to be big tests to come because they have had a favorable start but the confidence is growing, they’re maturing.

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

Arsenal next face north London rivals Tottenham on October 1 after the international break.