Michael Owen states his prediction for Arsenal v Chelsea

Michael Owen believes that Arsenal are finally going to beat Chelsea in the league for the first time since 2011

Michael Owen is backing Arsenal to return to winning ways by beating Chelsea 2-1 in their crunch Premier League showdown at Emirates Stadium this weekend.

The north London side head into the game on the back of two successive away draws against Liverpool and Stoke City after kicking off 2016 with victories over Newcastle United and Bournemouth.

Chelsea’s stuttering season continued last weekend as they left it late to come from behind and salvage a 3-3 draw against Everton at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

The Blues are 14th in the table and have only won three of their last 10 Premier League games.

Arsenal lead the way at the top of the Premier League table on goal difference heading into this weekend’s round of top-flight fixtures.

And former Liverpool striker Owen is tipping Arsene Wenger’s men to claim victory over the Blues, despite their recent poor record against Chelsea.

Owen wrote in his column for Colossus Bets: “I think everyone has been guilty of expecting Chelsea to flick a switch and move up swiftly up the table, but the improved performances just haven’t been forthcoming. They are playing like a mid-table side.

“Their fans can point to their excellent record in this fixture – they haven’t lost to them in the league since 2011 – and the fact the Gunners can blow hot and cold.

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“But Arsenal must be strong favourites here at home, and even more so if [Alexis] Sanchez and [Mesut] Ozil are fit, and I take them to stop the rot in this fixture and win 2-1.”

Arsenal are looking to win the league for the first time since 2004.

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