Michael Owen backs Crystal Palace to hurt Arsenal’s top four prospects by winning a 1-1 draw with the Gunners at Selhurst Park on Monday night.
The north London side are looking to secure back-to-back Premier League victories after bouncing back from their 2-0 loss to Liverpool FC with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa last month.
Arsenal are aiming to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2016 as they aim to secure their place in the top four this season.
The Gunners are currently fourth in the table and three points clear of Tottenham Hotspur after playing one game less than Lilywhites.
Crystal Palace started the weekend 12th in the Premier League table, having won two of their last five games in the top flight before Monday’s game at Selhurst Park.
Although Arsenal are the favorites to claim a win on Monday night, former Liverpool FC and England star Owen believes Palace are close to frustrating the Gunners and claiming a 1-1 draw.
Writing in his column for BetVictorOwen said: “It’s been such a good season for Palace, and Vieira has to be one of the managers of the season.
“They followed that draw with City by moving past Everton and sealing their place at Wembley for the FA Cup semi-finals. The whole club must be in turmoil.
“Fourth place is still in Arsenal’s hands, but they can’t afford to drop points. I don’t think they’ve played at their best in recent weeks, but the results have been good.
“I can see Palace making a real game of it. They drew at the Emirates earlier this season and with the Selhurst crowd behind them I can see another draw here. 1-1.
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been named Premier League Manager of the Month for March after guiding his side to three wins in their four top-flight games last month.
It’s the second time this season that the Spaniard has won the award, having also picked it up in September.
“Obviously it gives me a sense of pride because I know how difficult it is to do it in this league,” Arteta said.
“But we’ve done it not just with the coaching staff, but with all the staff that’s here at Colney. Obviously, players must also perform and win football matches to be recognized for this.
“And then especially to our supporters. For how they transformed the team, they deserve a lot of credit. My gratitude goes to everyone who helps in their own way and in the best possible way to try and win football games, that’s why we are here.
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