Michael Owen states his prediction for Arsenal v Brighton

Michael Owen is backing Arsenal to beat Brighton at The Emirates on Thursday night

Michael Owen
Liverpool FC legend Michael Owen (Photo: BT Sport)

Michael Owen is backing Freddie Ljungberg to secure his first Premier League win as Arsenal caretaker manager against Brighton on Thursday night.

The Gunners were held to a 2-2 draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road in Ljungberg’s first game as the Arsenal interim manager at the weekend.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice against the promoted side but the Gunners couldn’t hold on to secure three points.

Arsenal turned to Ljungberg after the north London side sacked Unai Emery last week following a miserable winless run.

The Gunners are without a win in their last eight games in all competitions, including six Premier League fixtures.

Arsenal have drawn four of their last six top-flight games, while also losing to Sheffield United and Leicester City.

Brighton succumbed to a 2-1 loss to 10-man Liverpool FC at Anfield last weekend despite Lewis Dunk’s clever free-kick.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing Arsenal to beat Brighton at The Emirates on Thursday night.

“Arsenal are without a league win in six – their worst record for over eight years – after their 2-2 draw at Carrow Road on Sunday, but I expect them to arrest their recent poor run when Brighton are the visitors on Thursday,” Owen told BetVictor.

“Freddie Ljungberg takes charge of the Gunners for the first time at the Emirates and the next permanent manager of Arsenal – whoever that might be – must address their ongoing defensive frailties.”

Arsenal are in eighth position in the Premier League table and eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea FC after 14 games.

The Gunners have failed to finish in the Premier League’s top four in the last three seasons under Arsene Wenger and Emery.

Arsenal signed six new players in the summer transfer window to bolster their squad.

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