Michael Owen predicts where Arsenal will finish this season
The former Liverpool FC striker rules out Arsenal finishing in the top four this season
Michael Owen has poured cold water on talk of Arsenal finishing in the Premier League’s top four this season.
The Gunners ended up in sixth spot in the Premier League table last term to miss out on a Champions League spot in what ultimately proved to be Arsene Wenger’s final season in charge.
Arsenal turned to former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla manager Unai Emery to replace their legendary manager at The Emirates ahead of the new Premier League season.
The north London side signed five new players in the summer transfer window in an attempt to revamp the Arsenal squad for a top-four tilt.
Arsenal lost 2-0 to defending Premier League champions Manchester City in their season opener at The Emirates before a narrow 3-2 defeat by Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.
The Gunners’ losing streak came to an end last week thanks to a 3-1 win over West Ham United in north London.
Arsenal will make the trip to promoted side Cardiff City in Wales on Sunday in search of successive Premier League victories for the first time under Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners have failed to finish in the top four in the last two Premier League seasons to underline the size of the task facing Emery.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen ruled out Arsenal making a return to the Champions League this term.
“I’m not convinced Emery has got the nucleus of a side which will see the Gunners’ compete for a top four spot this season and it will be interesting to see how things pan out with Mezut Ozil with the German reportedly missing the game against the Hammers through illness,” Owen told BetVictor.