Michael Owen believes Mikel Arteta will earn a first win as Arsenal manager when they welcome Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United to the Emirates.
The two Premier League giants will clash on New Year’s Day, with all 20 sides in action in the first two days of the new decade. And Owen thinks Arteta, who is yet to deliver three points in his spell in charge of the Gunners, will start 2020 in style by inflicting defeat on their age old rivals.
‘The Gunners bossed the first 45 minutes against Chelsea on Sunday and, although they faded in the second half, I expect them to build on their improved display against a United side who picked up three points and a rare clean sheet – their first on their travels in the league since February – at Turf Moor on Saturday.’
‘This is a fixture that rarely disappoints, and I think the hosts will keep the points.’ Solskjaer selects shock new priority signing for Man Utd after missing out on Haaland What Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has told Mikel Arteta about his future at Arsenal Mino Raiola confirms Paul Pogba’s January transfer plans amid Man Utd exit rumours Owen also expects Chelsea to pick up a win on the road against Brighton.
‘Frank Lampard will have been disappointed by his side’s first-half display at the Emirates on Sunday but, ultimately, will have been delighted with back-to-back away wins from London derbies at Spurs and Arsenal over the Festive period,’ he added.
‘The Blues have lost seven league games already this season, but I expect them to just do enough to beat a Brighton side who have won four of their last seven home league games. Arteta will be hoping to pick up a first win as Arsenal manager.
‘Seagulls striker Neal Maupay has been a revelation so far this term, but I expect Chelsea to again win on the road.’ And unsurprisingly, he’s tipping league leaders Liverpool to record their 19th win of the season.