Michael Owen states his prediction for Arsenal v Middlesbrough

Michael Owen looks ahead to Arsenal's clash with Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Saturday

Michael Owen is backing Arsenal to coast to a straightforward victory in their Premier League clash against Middlesbrough at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners head into the game looking to maintain their fine form in the top flight this season.

Arsenal have won their last six games on the trot after dropping points against Liverpool and Leicester in their opening two matches of the season.

Arsene Wenger’s men are currently second in the Premier League table and level on points with leaders Manchester City after eight games of the campaign.

And former Liverpool striker Owen is tipping the Gunners to secure a straightforward victory on Saturday.

Writing in his column for BetVictor, Owen said: “Happy birthday to Arsene Wenger who turns 67 on Saturday and, whilst he might not see as many goals as candles, I would be surprised if he didn’t have three points to celebrate.

“Boro’s only Premier League win so far this season came against bottom-of-the-table Sunderland and they have only kept one clean sheet in their last 19 league games on the road. I think they are in for another difficult afternoon.’

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Arsenal finished second in the Premier League behind Leicester City and without a trophy last season.

The north London side have not lifted the top flight trophy since their famous unbeaten triumph back in the 2003-04 season.

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