Michael Owen makes prediction for Arsenal v Liverpool Community Shield clash

Michael Owen has dissected the Community Shield between Arsenal and Liverpool
Michael Owen has dissected the Community Shield between Arsenal and Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Michael Owen has revealed his prediction for the Community Shield as Premier League champions Liverpool prepare to face FA Cup winners Arsenal.

Last season, Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to their first domestic title in 30 years, with the Reds eventually winning the league by 22 points.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal only finished eighth – 43 points behind Liverpool – but did at least finish the season with some silverware after beating London rivals Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

The Community Shield – the traditional curtain-raiser for the new season – takes place on Saturday evening and Premier League legend Owen expects Liverpool to come out on top despite Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring against the champions.

‘Both teams will be looking to start the season well and this particular fixture has certainly thrown up plenty of goals in recent times,’ Owen told BetVictor.

‘There hasn’t been a goalless draw between the sides since 2015 and in fact eight of the last ten matches have seen over 3.5 goals being smashed in between these two Premier League giants.

‘Liverpool scored 85 goals in the Premier League last season against Arsenal’s 56 and at the time of writing, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has yet to sign a new contract at the Emirates.

‘I’m sure that tying his future to the Gunners for the next few years is likely to be the number one priority of everyone at the club.

‘He has now scored 22 goals in back to back Premier League campaigns so the thought of losing a player who scores roughly half their goals is not something that the Arsenal management will want to consider.

Arsenal beat Chelsea in the final to win the FA Cup
Arsenal beat Chelsea in the final to win the FA Cup (Picture: Getty)

‘Aubameyang has scored two goals on each of his last two visits to Wembley and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him add to his tally on Saturday afternoon.’

The former England striker added: ‘Liverpool have spent the last few weeks in Austria as part of their pre-season training and as a result of their Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid back in March, they have enjoyed a longer break than the Gunners which could well turn out to be significant on Saturday.

‘Their formidable record at home was the catalyst for winning the Premier League last season, with their last Premier League defeat at home coming in 2017.

Liverpool stormed to the Premier League title last season
Liverpool stormed to the Premier League title last season (Picture: Getty)

‘However, their away form wasn’t too shabby either and every single player at the club will be champing at the bit to get going again and maintain their phenomenal form of the last two seasons.

‘Despite all the talk of this being a glorified friendly, both teams will be very keen to start their season with a win and I really fancy an entertaining game with plenty of goals.

‘Given the relative preparations and sharpness of both teams, I fancy Jurgen Klopp’s men to come out on top and to be picking up yet another trophy in the early evening of Saturday. 3-1 to Liverpool for me.’

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