Owen states his prediction for Arsenal-Villarreal clash with ‘extra spice’

Michael Owen has tipped Villarreal to clinch a first-leg advantage over Arsenal when the two sides lock horns in the Europa League this evening.

The Gunners will already be in Spain preparing to take on the Yellow Submarine, with a lot of the focus on former manager Unai Emery.

The Spanish coach was sacked in December 2019, and eventually replaced by Arteta, and the comparisons carry on to this day.

Michael Owen is tipping Arsenal to lose 2-1 this evening however, giving Emery the edge in the opening leg, but he does admit that he expects this tie to be open.

“Despite a rather patchy domestic record, Villarreal have been excellent in this year’s Europa League,” Owen told BetVictor(via SportReview).

“The Yellow Submarine have failed to win just one of their 12 matches and won all six of their games played at Estadio de la Ceramica.

“It goes without saying that the tie carries some extra spice with Unai Emery in the home dugout. The Europa League veteran would love nothing more than to make it to the final at the expense of his former side.

“For Arsenal, they have won just two of their last eight competitive outings, however, the Gunners’ are unbeaten in seven on the road.

“I think this could be one of the more open semi-finals in Europe this week, but given the form of the home side, I reckon it will be the Yellow Submarine who go into the second leg with the advantage.

“It’s 2-1 Villarreal for me.”

I don’t believe a 2-1 deficit would be the end of the world to bring back the Emirates, but trailing in any shape or form is never ideal.

The away goal could well prove vital as it has in many similar fixtures over the years, and I think I would feel positive if we was to score whilst going down by one goal.

Would you feel confident should we suffer a 2-1 loss this evening?

Patrick

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11 Comments

  1. ozziegunner says:

    Michael Owen has given his interpretation of why Unai Emery would want Villarreal to beat Arsenal. The simple answer should be that he wants his team to win to progress to the final of the Europa League.
    If Arteta has his players up for this game and they perform to their potential, given their relative quality, Arsenal should progress over two legs.
    We just have to hope the players turn up, start quickly and aggressively and hold their concentration for the whole match.

  2. Wyoming says:

    Arsenal does have the better squad no doubt however semis are often brutally tough.
    I hope it will be 5-5 tomorrow then 5-5 at the Emirates finishing with 31-30 on penalties 😁
    I know it will prolly be 0-0 in both legs and 3-2 on penalties but I can always dream.

    1. JDASH says:

      I wish that too but as you said, we can only wish

  3. Arsenal2win says:

    Michael Owen hasn’t predicted any Arsenal match correctly & he will not stop. Man utd hasn’t beaten Arsenal in three years, 3 loss, 3 draws. And he predicted those maches against Arsenal. 4 a record, Arsenal hasn’t lost 2 Villarael in 4 matches I have watched. Win 2, draw 2.

  4. JOSE ACHU says:

    Micheal Owen is worse than “diarrhoea” prophet of doom he’s never predicted anything correct.we call this kind OF PROPHETS BASKET mouth PROPHET THEY’RE like the women in the fish market.Arsenal “haters”watch his body language if the result is opposite

  5. Declan says:

    All depends on our team selection, if Nketiah, Willian, Luiz and Bellerin start then Owens prediction is spot on IMO. If Martinelli, Pepé, Holding and Chambers start then I believe we will win.

    1. Phil says:

      @Declan- Exactly right.

      1. ozziegunner says:

        👍 👍

  6. UMAR HAMZA says:

    Owen is man utd Sporter so he need arsenal to lost the semi final so that man utd to go easy an ween the final

  7. jon fox says:

    I’d like someone from JA to explain to me and to other GOONERS WHY WE ARE PRESUMED TO HAVE THE SLIGHTEST INTEREST IN WHAT NONENTITY Owen thinks? Anyone know?

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