Former Ballon d’Or winner Michael Owen has given his prediction for Arsenal’s Premier League game against Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday April 16. He believes the Gunners will comfortably beat the Saints 2-0.
Both teams will enter the match in poor form but the Saints have struggled much more than the Gunners. Southampton have lost four and drawn in their last five Premier League games. Their last league game was a 6-0 home pounding against Chelsea.
Mikel Arteta’s men will be building on two wins in their last five Premier League games. They have suffered back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion in their last two games.
Writing in his column for BetVictor, Owen gave his prediction for the match and also stated his reasons. He wrote (via The Sport Review):
“Southampton is a strange side. They go through periods of brilliant form but are also prone to heavy defeats like last week. Make no mistake, Chelsea could have easily won by more than six. I’m curious what Southampton we’ll see here.”
He pointed to the north London side’s lack of goals, having scored just two goals in four matches. However, he still predicted them that they would win the match, writing:
“Just when I was starting to trust this Arsenal team, they have now gone and lost twice in a row! The pressure is now on them and they really can’t afford to lose any more points. The big worry is that the goals have really dried up. Only two goals in their last four games won’t put them in the top four. I choose Arsenal though. Southampton were all over the place last week, I don’t think we’ll see much improvement here.
Arsenal desperately need the three points against Southampton to stay in the hunt for the top four
The Gunners’ back-to-back defeats put them fifth in the Premier League table. They are three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with one game less.
With just seven games left, any further mistakes could end their push for the top four. Arsenal also have tough fixtures ahead against Chelsea, Manchester United, West Ham United and Spurs.
Therefore, to say they need to beat Southampton on Saturday to keep their top four prospects alive would be an understatement.