Michael Owen predicts Arsenal v Eintracht Frankfurt
Michael Owen is backing Arsenal to beat Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League clash on Thursday night
Michael Owen is backing Arsenal to beat Eintracht Frankfurt in their Europa League clash at The Emirates on Thursday night.
The Gunners head into the game under pressure after the disappointment of their 2-2 draw with Southampton at the weekend left them off the pace in the race for Champions League qualification.
Arsenal have not won any of their last five games in the Premier League and they currently find themselves eighth in the table and eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea FC.
Indeed, the north London side have only won four of their opening 13 Premier League games under Unai Emery this season and that has cranked up the pressure on the Spanish manager.
Former Liverpool FC and Manchester United striker Owen is backing Arsenal to claim all three points when they host Frankfurt this week.
Writing in his column for BetVictor, Owen said: “Arsenal just need a point to qualify for the last 32 but I feel they need to pick up all three points to relieve the pressure on manager Unai Emery, given the Gunners were, arguably, fortunate to pick up a point against lowly Southampton at the weekend.
“Frankfurt have lost their last three since beating 10-man Bayern Munich 5-1 earlier in the month.
“Arsenal, last season’s beaten finalists, are currently eight points off the top four in the premier League and the Europa League could be their best opportunity of returning to the Champions League next term.”
Arsenal will then switch their attentions back to Premier League affairs and their trip to Norwich City on Sunday afternoon.
The north London side are aiming for Champions League qualification this season after they ended up fifth in the Premier League table and without a trophy in Emery’s first campaign in charge last term.