Michael Owen states his prediction for Arsenal v Blackpool
The Liverpool FC legend is backing Arsenal to ease past Blackpool on Wednesday night
Michael Owen is backing a weakened Arsenal side to ease to victory over Blackpool in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday night.
The Gunners dropped points for the first time in seven games in the Premier League on Sunday evening following a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Granit Xhaka equalised with a stunning free-kick before the Switzerland international conceded a late penalty to deny Arsenal three points after Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang had given the visitors the lead.
Arsenal’s 2-2 stalemate with Palace ended their 11-game winning streak in the Premier League, the Europa League and the Carabao Cup ahead of the visit of Liverpool FC in the league on Saturday.
The north London side won’t be able to prepare for the Premier League clash until after Wednesday night given there is the small matter of a fourth-round clash against Blackpool at The Emirates.
Emery’s side were 3-1 winners against Brentford in the Carabao Cup third round thanks to goals from Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette last month.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen believes Arsenal will be leading at half-time and full-time against the Tangerines in the League Cup on Wednesday night.
“The great Sir Stanley Matthews was playing for Blackpool the last time they won at Arsenal back in 1958 and I expect the Gunners to return to winning ways after their draw at Selhurst Park on Sunday,” Owen told BetVictor.
“Unai Emery will shuffle his pack with Liverpool the visitors at the weekend, but whatever side he fields should be able make their way past the Tangerines. Emery will want his side to start quicker than has been the case in recent games.”
Only Manchester City have scored more goals than Arsenal in the Premier League this season to highlight the impressive performance of Emery’s attack in the opening months of the 2018-19 season.
Emery will be targeting the Carabao Cup as a winnable competition to get his reign off to a positive start given Arsenal have only won the FA Cup in the last 14 campaigns.
The Spanish head coach will also view the Europa League as another competition that could bring Arsenal some joy this season and ultimately result in a spot in the Champions League.
Arsenal are in fourth place in the Premier League table and three points behind Manchester City and Liverpool FC ahead of the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s side this weekend.