Michael Owen states his prediction for Standard Liege v Arsenal
Michael Owen looks ahead to Arsenal's trip to Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday night
Michael Owen is expecting to see Arsenal book their place in the last 32 of the Europa League with a victory over Standard Liege on Thursday night.
The Gunners head into the game looking to try and secure their place in the knockout phase of Europe’s second tier club competition.
Arsenal secured their first victory since Freddie Ljungberg assumed temporary charge on Monday night when they fought back to claim a 3-1 win at West Ham United in the Premier League.
The north London side will now be hoping to bring that form into their trip to Standard Liege on Thursday night.
Former Manchester United and Liverpool FC striker Owen is fully expecting Arsenal to beat Standard Liege and secure their spot in the last 32 on Thursday night.
Writing in his column for BetVictor, Owen said: “Arsenal need a draw in Belgium to be guaranteed a place in the last 32.
“It is possible, however, that Liege, Arsenal and Eintracht Frankfurt will all finish with 10 points and six points in the respective head-to-heads between the three teams.
“A point or more for the Gunners will, of course, put the calculators away, but Standard are unbeaten in their last 11 European home games (W7 D4) and this will be a severe test for Freddie Ljungberg’s side.
“It is one, however, I expect they will pass with the hosts needing a convincing win on home soil having lost 4-0 at the Emirates earlier in the campaign.”
Arsenal have struggled to find consistent form in all competitions this season and that culminated in the sacking of Unai Emery at the end of last month.
The Gunners are currently on the lookout for a new permanent manager after opting to dismiss the Spaniard following a stuttering start to the new season.
The north London side will host defending champions Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.