Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen does not expect too many goals in Saturday’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium.
While Newcastle will head into the encounter on the back of a 2-1 home win against Chelsea last weekend, Arsenal will take confidence from the 4-1 hammering of Galatasaray in Istanbul in the Champions League in midweek.
“The Gunners haven’t scored in the first half of their last six PL games and I don’t expect to see many goals at the Emirates especially when you consider the Magpies are the only side not to have found the back of the net in the opening half hour of a PL game this season,” Owen wrote on Betvictor.com.
“This is the second worst points tally after 15 games (23) that Arsenal have accrued under Arsene Wenger and they can’t afford any more slip ups in their quest to maintain their excellent record of Champions League qualification.”
With Arsenal, goals are virtually guaranteed, but Newcastle have a strong defensive record in recent matches.
One suspects that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will take a cautious approach to the game, so the onus will be on Arsenal to attack.
A fascinating match is in prospect at the Emirates.