Michael Owen reveals his prediction for Arsenal v Rennes
Michael Owen looks ahead to Arsenal's home clash with Rennes in the Europa League on Thursday night
Michael Owen is backing Arsenal to overturn a 3-1 deficit and book their place in the Europa League quarter-finals at the expense of Rennes on Thursday night.
The Gunners suffered a disappointing defeat in the first leg in France last week as they look to try and progress through to the quarter-finals.
Arsenal bounced back to winning ways in style on Sunday afternoon when they claimed a comprehensive 2-0 win over Manchester United at The Emirates in front of their home fans in the Premier League.
The north London side are currently fourth in the Premier League table as they aim to secure Champions League qualification via a top-four finish this season.
Arsenal will be looking to progress in the Europa League, knowing that winning the competition will secure a spot in next season’s Champions League.
And former Liverpool FC striker Owen feels that Arsenal will have too much for the French team at The Emirates on Thursday night.
Writing in his column for BetVictor, Owen said: “Arsenal face an uphill, but hardly insurmountable, struggle in overcoming a 3-1 deficit against Rennes from the first leg and I feel the Gunners will make it through to the quarter-finals despite history being against them.
“Since the start of the competition in 2009-10 season only one club has qualified from the knockout stages having overturned a 3-1 deficit from the away leg – Fulham who beat Juventus 4-1 at Craven Cottage having lost 3-1 in Turin.
“The Gunners had a cracking win against a Manchester United side who looked as if their heroics in Paris had taken its toll on Sunday, but they need to start with the same pace and tenacity against the French as they did in that vital Premier League success.”
Arsenal are aiming to try and break back into the top four this season after having finished outside of the Champions League qualification spots for the last two years running under Arsene Wenger.