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Arsenal legend Wright raps Stoke signing Owen for Man Utd comments

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has rapped Stoke City signing Michael Owen for saying he stayed 'too long' at Manchester United.

Owen made the comments this week at his unveiling by Stoke.

Wright told the Absolute Radio: "Yeah, it's just quite annoying to hear something like him saying that he stayed there too long. At the end of the day, when you join somewhere, you can't turn down a move to Manchester Utd, but once you've gone, to say, "I've stayed there too long," if Man Utd offered him another year, would he have said "No"? It's a bit too late for him to say that because when Man United came in in the first place, there was no guarantee he was going to play any real amount of time on the pitch.

"He wasn't going to spend a lot of time on the pitch. He was always going to be maybe impact or something like that, but to now say that he maybe stayed there too long; I think a lot of people would have said, "Well, at the end of the day, you knew you were going to be playing a bit part, why did you go there in the first place?" You know, it doesn't seem like a classy move or a classy thing to say because he should have known himself, especially with what he's got to offer.

"And being, what, 32, I still think something to offer at national level if he got himself fit and he was playing regularly, which he might get the opportunity to do now at Stoke. That's what he should have been looking to do when he joined somewhere like Man Utd. He should have looked and thought to himself, 'Am I going to get the kind of game time that's going to give me the opportunity to propel myself back into the England squad?' That was never going to happen at Manchester United and so to say it now seems a little bit hollow for me."

Listen to Absolute Radio and Rock n' Roll football with Ian Wright. Saturday's on 1215AM, from 5pm. For more, visit absoluteradio.co.uk.

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