Michael Owen predicts Arsenal to drop at least two points at the London Stadium on Wednesday, as he thinks losing Aaron Ramsey is too much of a blow for the Gunners.
Arsenal play West Ham in an 8pm kick-off on Wednesday, with the Gunners looking to put the loss to Manchester United and draw to Southampton behind them with a win. However, Michael Owen doesn’t believe Arsène Wenger’s side will get it, reports the Metro.
“A fascinating game at the London Stadium with West Ham looking to build on a fabulous win against champions Chelsea at the weekend and Arsenal desperate to return to winning ways having salvaged a point at St Mary’s courtesy of Olivier Giroud’s late header,” he said.
“Arsene Wenger must do without the injured Aaron Ramsay (sic), which is a blow to the Gunners, and I was taken with the Hammers spirit and defensive qualities against Chelsea. If there is to be a winner midweek, I think it will be the hosts.”
Owen then gave a score prediction of 2-2. Clearly West Ham are in better form than they’ve been all season, with two good performances against two of the top teams in the Premier League.
However, the Gunners will still go to the stadium expecting three points, and the head-to-head record between the two sides is heavily in Arsenal’s favour, with 12 wins from the last 14 matches.
Losing Ramsey is a blow, though. Jack Wilshere should be ready to step in, as he’s been jumping at the chance for weeks, but Ramsey had been one of the star players in the team this season.
How well Wilshere steps up to the task, if he’s selected, could make the difference on Wednesday, so we’ll have to wait and see how he does. For the record, Owen predicted every other club in the top-six to win by two or more goals, in case you were wondering.