Michael Owen states his prediction for Arsenal v Everton
The Liverpool legend believes Arsenal will ease to victory over Everton at The Emirates on Saturday evening
Michael Owen is backing Arsenal to ease to straightforward win against Everton at The Emirates on Saturday evening.
The Gunners produced an abysmal performance in a 3-1 loss to Premier League strugglers Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium mid-week.
Arsenal missed out on the chance to gain some ground on their top-four rivals after Chelsea and Manchester United both slipped to surprise defeats.
The north London side can take encouragement from their incredible record against Everton over the past two decades.
Arsenal haven’t lost to Everton at home since 1996 before Arsene Wenger took over the reins of the eight-time English champions.
Former Liverpool striker Owen doesn’t believe Arsenal will slip up against Everton given their impressive record at The Emirates.
“Arsenal’s away day blues have resurfaced at Bournemouth and Swansea in recent weeks and, worryingly, they have taken the lead in both those defeats,” Owen told BetVictor.
“The Gunners are, however, a different proposition at the Emirates and they are taken to keep the points against an Everton side who have not won at Arsenal in any competition since a 2-1 win in January 1996 when Bruce Rioch was at the helm.”
Arsenal have their fourth best home record this season following a return of 29 points from 12 fixtures at the Emirates Stadium in the current campaign.
The Gunners are in sixth place in the Premier League table and eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in pursuit of a Champions League spot.
The north London side signed Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez complete a switch to Manchester United last month.
Arsenal spent a club-record £56m transfer fee on Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on transfer deadline day.