Michael Owen states his prediction for Arsenal v Crystal Palace

The Liverpool FC legend is backing Arsenal to secure three points against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon

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Michael Owen is tipping Arsenal to secure three points agains Crystal Palace in what should be an entertaining derby at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners will welcome the Eagles to north London after their 3-2 win against Roy Hodgson’s side at the end of 2017 thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez and Shkodran Mustafi at Selhurst Park.

However, Arsenal are winless in their last three top-flight games since their 3-2 win at Palace after the Gunners were forced to settle for stalemates with West Brom and defending champions Chelsea.

The north London side lost 2-1 to Bournemouth in the Premier League last weekend despite Hector Bellerin making the breakthrough on the south coast.

Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and are eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the race to secure a spot in the Champions League for the 2018-19 campaign.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing the Gunners to beat Palace at The Emirates despite Arsenal’s poor run of form in the Premier League.

“John Salako scored the winner – at Highbury – the last time Palace beat Arsenal away back in 1994 and I think the Gunners will keep the points despite the fact that the Eagles have been on an impressive run since Roy Hodgson took charge,” Owen told BetVictor.

“When the sides met in the reverse fixture back in December, Alexis Sanchez scored a brace but it looks as if the Chilean will join Manchester United between now and the end of the window.

“Arsenal are entering a period of transition but they still have some quality attacking players and they can keep all three points in what should be an entertaining derby.”

Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when the Gunners still had the likes of Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira in their team.

The Gunners have won the FA Cup in three of the past four seasons but lost 4-2 to Championship side Nottingham Forest in the third round earlier this month.

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