Former England striker Michael Owen thinks Sheffield United have what it takes to earn a point against Arsenal when the two teams meet on Monday night.
The Premier League’s return sees Unai Emery’s side visit Bramall Lane with the Gunners in third place, though ex-Liverpool forward Owen believes they may have to settle for a draw against Chris Wilder’s team.
The newly-promoted Blades have proved a tough nut to crack upon their return to the top flight, having recorded some impressive results so far, which include taking a point off Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and beating Everton away from home.
With just seven goals conceded, they have one of the league’s tightest defences – and Owen thinks the Gunners may find it difficult under the lights on Monday evening.
He said (via the Daily Express): “Sheffield United have failed to score in their last three games in all competitions but they were arguably unlucky not to pick up a point against Liverpool in their last home game.
“Arsenal have only conceded once in their last four games in all competitions, but I would not be surprised if the Gunners had to settle for a point at Bramall Lane on Monday.
“Chris Wilder’s side have not lost by more than one goal in the league so far this campaign and I think they will get a draw against the Gunners.”
To be fair to Owen, given Arsenal’s away record in the Premier League (winning just five in the past year), falling short against Sheffield United may not be a total surprise.
However, Sheffield United’s home form is arguably just as questionable, with all three of their defeats this season coming at Bramall Lane – so perhaps something will have to give.
But with Arsenal unbeaten in eight and having scored in every game this season, there seems no reason for the Gunners to fear their opponents as they look to maintain a place in the Premier League’s top three.
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