Michael Owen believes if Arsenal can secure three points against Crystal Palace on Monday, then they can “start thinking about a top-six push”.
The Gunners currently sit in 13th place in the Premier League table, with Mikel Arteta’s men having 10 points to their name after the opening seven matches of the season.
Arteta witnessed his team lose their opening three matches of the campaign – with Arsenal conceding nine goals, without scoring one, in defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City.
However, since then, the Gunners have recorded 10 points after three successive victories and a draw with Brighton just before the latest international break.
Arteta will be desperate to secure European football at the Emirates Stadium this season and to do that, they need to beat Crystal Palace on Monday evening, according to former Liverpool striker Owen.
“All credit to Mikel Arteta and Arsenal as they seem to have turned their season around,” Owen wrote in his BetVictor blog.
“I don’t think the performances have been fantastic, but they badly needed wins and that’’s now 10 points from 12. A win here and they can begin to start thinking about a top-six push.
“Palace have drawn their last two but showed loads of character to come back from two down to draw with Leicester last time. Vieira is doing a good job but still needs to claim a few more wins.
“I’m sure it’ll be a special day for Vieira to manage against Arsenal, I just don’t think his side will have enough quality. I think Arsenal will narrowly edge it. I’ll say 2-1.”
Arteta, when asked if Arsenal can pick up where they left off before the two-week international break, revealed what he wants his players’ mindset to be like when they face the Eagles on Monday.
“We managed to turn things around a little bit. There’s still big margins for improvement,” the Gunners boss said in his pre-match press conference earlier in the week.
“But we got very big results that were needed in that moment. We just need to think about doing things better, progressing in the table and focusing on winning our next match.”
Source by Football London