Former Premier League striker Michael Owen has predicted Arsenal to come out as ‘comfortable’ winners against Aston Villa when the two sides meet in the Premier League on Sunday evening.
Villa go into the game looking to put a run of two straight defeats behind them and get back to winning ways.
Dean Smith ’s men started the season in scintillating form, winning all of their opening four Premier League matches, including impressive victories over Liverpool and Leicester.
But defeats against Leeds United and Southampton have dented the form ahead of the match vs Arsenal, with Villa currently sitting in eighth place in the table, one position above Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta’s side came away from Old Trafford with all three points last week and picked up a 4-1 Europa League win against Molde on Thursday night.
And Owen thinks that the Gunners will have too much for Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
“Arsenal claimed an excellent victory at Old Trafford last week. Mikel Arteta set his stall out perfectly, and the Gunners will be hoping to carry that momentum into this one,” he told BetVictor .
“Despite mounting a late comeback, Villa suffered defeat against Southampton last week, making it back-to-back losses for Dean Smith’s side.
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“This will be another tough one for Villa, and I expect Arsenal to have their tails up. I fancy the good vibes to continue for the home side with a comfortable win against the Villains.”
The last meeting between the two sides saw Villa come out as 1-0 winners at the end of last season, thanks to Trexeguet’s first-half goal, it was a result that many Villa fans say was key in their Premier League survival at the end of the campaign.
Villa players will be looking for a repeat of that on Sunday, in the hope of proving Owen wrong and getting back to winning ways.