Michael Owen states his prediction for Vitoria v Arsenal

Michael Owen looks ahead to Arsenal's clash with Vitoria in the Europa League on Wednesday night

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

Michael Owen is backing Arsenal to claim a victory over Vitoria and book their place in the last 32 of the Europa League on Wednesday night.

The Gunners are preparing to travel to Portugal to take on their opponents after having been held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves in the Premier League at the weekend.

Arsenal claimed a 3-2 win over Vitoria in the group stage at The Emirates last month to leave them top of their Europa League group with maximum points.

The north London side have found themselves under pressure in recent weeks after their stuttering form in the Premier League, with the Gunners having only won one of their last five top-flight outings.

Unai Emery will be hoping to see his side bounce back from Saturday’s Premier League draw with a victory in Portugal in midweek.

And former Liverpool FC striker Owen is expecting to see the north London side claim all three points from their clash on Wednesday night.

Writing in his column for BetVictor, Owen said: “Two late Nicolas Pepe free kicks kept the points in London in the reverse fixture two weeks ago and Arsenal are taken to maintain their perfect record in the group stages out in Portugal.

“Vitoria are unbeaten in their three games against English opposition on home soil, while the Gunners have only won one of their six previous visits to Portugal, but I still feel Unai Emery’s side will take all three points and confirm their place in the last 32 of a competition they reached the final of last season.”

Arsenal are aiming to go one step further in the Europa League this season after they finished as runners-up to Chelsea FC last term.

They travel to Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday night in their final game before the international break.

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