Owen predicts Hull to dent Arsenal Champions League hopes

Arsene Wenger at Training - 18/02/2014

Michael Owen believes Hull City can get a draw against Arsenal today.

This season has seen former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen become something of a public enemy number one type among Arsenal fans.

It all started when he predicted the club would finish fifth this season - a prediction which looked ridiculous for much of the season - as Arsenal stayed top for a very long period of time.

However his prediction now looks like being potentially true - although Everton are doing their best to throw away the fourth spot initiative.

But he has again been rattling the cages of Arsenal fans this weekend in the form of his Premier League betting predictions for this weekend’s fixtures.

In his Bet Victor blog he stated:

“A win against next month’s FA Cup Final opponents will be a boost in itself, but they [Arsenal] know that they will go four points clear of Everton in the race for the final Champions League spot if they get all three points against the Tigers. Hull have lost nine of the 10 games they have played against Arsenal but they will have Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long available, having been Cup-tied last weekend at Wembley, and I think they can ruffle a few feathers on Sunday.”

Owen recommended a draw for the game - a result that would reopen the door to The Toffees in the Champions League race - and perhaps force Arsenal down into the fifth spot which he predicted of them at the beginning of the season.

The Tigers have certainly pulled off the odd shock against The Gunners in the past - and the return of Jelavic and Long will certainly give the Arsenal defenders a restless afternoon.

Owen may be slightly anti-Arsenal but there is no doubting one thing - Hull are more than capable of getting one or even three points in the fixture today - and Arsenal will have to take them as seriously as their harshest critic has.

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