Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has predicted that Arsenal won't lose against Wigan in today's FA Cup semi, although he clearly feels that the match is likely to be a tight affair.
Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final is arguably Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s most important game of the season (if not of recent years).
Arsenal have been on a downward spiral since the turn of the year, which has seen them crash out of the Champions League (admittedly to the reigning Champions) and fall to a position in the Premier League where they are clinging on to fourth spot, just ahead of Everton.
With rumours circulating that failing to win the FA Cup may result in Wenger not renewing his contract, the pressure on Arsenal to deliver this afternoon is at an all-time high.
And one man who predicted another Arsenal end-of-season meltdown is former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen.
Ridiculed at the beginning of the season by Arsenal supporters for suggesting Mezut Ozil doesn’t turn up in the big games (now he just doesn't turn up at all!) and that the North Londoners will finish fifth in the League, Owen's crystal ball does appear to have been correct, especially where Arsenal are concerned.
The FA Cup, however, provides Arsenal with the opportunity of ending their nine-year trophy drought.
A victory against Manchester City’s conquerors Wigan Athletic today will set-up a Final against either Hull City or Sheffield United, and Arsenal would surely be strong favourites against either club.
Owen, however, doesn’t expect Arsenal to get an easy ride against Wigan today, and has predicted on Twitter that the match is likely to be a low-scoring cagey affair.
Having said this, even Owen can't see Arsenal losing this one - favouring either a low-scoring Arsenal victory, or at worst a 1-1 draw.