Michael Owen states his prediction for Norwich City v Arsenal
Michael Owen is backing Arsenal to bounce back with a win against Norwich City on Sunday
Michael Owen is backing Arsenal to bounce back to winning ways with a Premier League victory over Norwich City on Sunday afternoon.
Arsenal took the decision to sack Unai Emery on Friday morning after their 2-1 defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The north London side head into the game after a miserable run of form in the top flight has left them well off the pace in the race for Champions League qualification.
Indeed, the Gunners are down in eighth place in the Premier League table and are winless in their last five outings in the top flight.
Arsenal had to come from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw with Southampton at The Emirates last weekend – and their defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt ended up being Emery’s final game in charge.
Former Manchester United and Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing the Gunners to finally pick up a Premier League win on Sunday afternoon, with Freddie Ljungberg taking temporary charge at The Emirates.
Writing in his column for BetVictor before the sacking of Emery was announced on Friday, Owen said: “Norwich gained a tremendous and fully-deserved win at Goodison Park on Saturday, but I think Arsenal will pose a greater attacking threat at Carrow Road and take all three points back to the capital.
“Arsenal were, arguably, fortunate to pick up a point against Southampton at the Emirates last weekend and the Gunners are without a win in their last five league games.
“This poor run has seen them slip to eighth in the table and they have not won an away league game since the opening weekend of the season at St James’ Park.
“Arsenal need to show their resilience and defensive capabilities, as well as quality, against a Canaries’ side whose confidence will have been give a huge boost on Merseyside last weekend.”
The games will come thick and fast for Arsenal after Sunday’s game, with the Gunners taking on Brighton and Hove Albion at The Emirates in the Premier League next Thursday, before a trip to West Ham United in the top flight.
Arsenal are aiming to try and finish in the top four this season after they finished fifth and without a trophy last season.