Michael Owen states his prediction for Southampton v Arsenal

Michael Owen is tipping Arsenal to beat Southampton on Boxing day

Michael Owen is backing Arsenal to take another small step towards winning the Premier League title by beating Southampton at St Mary’s on Boxing Day.

The Gunners have been installed as the heavy favourites to lift the top-flight crown in May after their impressive 2-1 win over title rivals Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

That win left Arsene Wenger’s men in second place in the Premier League table and two points behind surprise leaders Leicester City as the hectic festive schedule looms large.

Former Liverpool and United striker Owen has been impressed by what he has seen from the Gunners in recent weeks and is backing Wenger’s men to claim victory on the south coast on Saturday evening.

Owen wrote on his blog for Bet Victor: “The Saints, after an excellent opening 20 minutes, were no match for Spurs at St Mary’s last weekend and Arsenal, on the crest of a wave after their win against City earlier in the week, are taken to land the North London double.

“This really is the Gunners’ big chance of landing the Premier League title and, with home games against Bournemouth and Newcastle to come over the Xmas period, they should have too much for a Saints’ side whose big players are all below par at present.”

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Arsenal, who have won the FA Cup for the last two seasons, are looking to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time since their unbeaten triumph in 2003-04.

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