Michael Owen states his prediction for Eintracht Frankfurt v Arsenal
BT Sport pundit Michael Owen is backing Arsenal to beat Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany on Thursday night
Michael Owen is tipping Arsenal to beat Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in their Europa League opener on Thursday night.
The Gunners will make the trip to Germany looking to make amends for their poor defensive display in a 2-2 draw at Watford on Sunday.
Unai Emery’s side discarded a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Watford at Vicarage Road despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring twice in the opening 45 minutes.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz made defensive mistakes to allow Watford to level the Premier League clash and Arsenal were fortunate to leave Vicarage Road with a point.
Arsenal will make the potentially tricky trip to Eintracht Frankfurt as the Gunners take on last season’s Europa League semi-finalists.
Chelsea FC beat the German side in the last four before Maurizio Sarri’s men were 4-1 winners against Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing Arsenal to win a high-scoring game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night.
“Last year’s beaten semi-finalists Frankfurt entertain last year’s beaten finalists Arsenal in one of the games of Matchday one,” Owen told BetVictor.
“The Bundesliga outfit are a real threat especially at home, although they lost 2-1 at Augsburg at the weekend and lost their most-prized asset Sebastien Haller to West Ham during the summer.
“The Gunners are likely to have their chances on the break and I feel their quality strikers will give Unai Emery a winning start as they bid to go one better in the competition than last year.”
Arsenal have never previously faced Eintracht Frankfurt in Uefa competitions.
The Gunners have won 17 of their 38 games against German opposition in Europe.
Arsenal reached the Europa League semi-finals at the first attempt in 2017-18, losing to eventual winners Atletico Madrid, before going one step further and reaching last season’s final, where they were comprehensively defeated by London rivals Chelsea.