Michael Owen says Arsenal are in the top three teams in Europe on ability and possibly Manchester City’s biggest threat to win the Champions League this season.

The Gunners picked up a big win at Sevilla on Tuesday night, beating the Spanish side 2-1 thanks to goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus, taking them to the top of Group B after three matches.

Former Liverpool and Manchester United forward Owen thinks the lengthy gap since they were last in the Champions League may well cost them at some stage, but ability wise, they are in the top three in Europe.

‘I think this Arsenal team on ability, on what they do week-to-week, are one of, if not Manchester City’s biggest challenge in this competition. I think they’re that good,’ Owen told TNT Sports.

‘But the problem is, and as Man City have shown, the very good teams in the league, if it’s your first time in the competition it can take you a long time to understand it, to get past these experienced teams , I think that’s what Arsenal might find this season

‘On ability I think they’re the second or third best team in it. But can I see them go all the way based on this inexperience…it’s a massive ask, but they’re good enough, ability-wise.’