Michael Owen states his prediction for Arsenal v Brighton

The Liverpool legend expects Arsenal to beat Brighton despite their poor record on the road in the Premier League this season

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Michael Owen is confident Arsenal will avoid a potential slip up when the Gunners host Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners have managed to bounce back from a dreadful start to the 2017-18 season thanks to a return of seven points from three Premier League games in September so far.

Arsenal battled to a goalless draw with defending English champions Chelsea in their last away fixture following defeats at Stoke City and Liverpool in August.

Arsene Wenger’s side have beaten Bournemouth and West Brom in two of their last three Premier League games to hoist themselves up to seventh place in the table.

Brighton, meanwhile, were 1-0 winners against Newcastle United last weekend to get their second win of the season and move Chris Hughton’s men further clear of the relegation zone.

However, former Liverpool striker Owen doesn’t expect Brighton to cause an upset against the north London side when Arsenal welcome the promoted side to The Emirates on Sunday.

“Brighton were fortunate to beat Newcastle at the weekend and I expect Chris Hughton’s side to be outclassed at The Emirates,” Owen told BetVictor.

“The Gunners have a terrific record in home fixtures against lesser sides in the top-flight, beating West Brom 2-0 in North London on Monday, and should likewise complete another comfortable home win at the weekend.”

Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a place in the Champions League.

The Gunners signed Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac in the summer transfer window.

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