Michael Owen makes Arsenal vs Liverpool Community Shield prediction

He once memorably settled an Arsenal vs Liverpool FA Cup final with a couple of late goals, and Michael Owen thinks there could be even more strikes in Saturday's Community Shield clash between the pair at Wembley.

Just four weeks after the Gunners booked their place in the fixture with their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea, the 2020/21 season will effectively get under way at the national stadium.

The Gunners managed to win the most recent clash at the Emirates Stadium in July, when a Liverpool side who had already clinched the Premier League title were somewhat going through the motions in a 2-1 defeat.

Mikel Arteta's side only returned to training on Monday after the players were given three weeks off following the FA Cup success, while Liverpool have been away at a training camp in Austria.

The Reds beat newly-promoted Bundesliga side Stuttgart in their first pre-season friendly last weekend, before following that up with a 2-2 draw with Red Bull Salzburg thanks to a brace from young forward Rhian Brewster.

And Owen thinks that Liverpool's extra match sharpness could prove crucial at Wembley.

Making his prediction for the Bet Victor blog, he said: "Their [Liverpool's] 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.

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"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."

Owen – who did add that he fancied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score for Arsenal – went on to back a 3-1 win for Liverpool.

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