By Russell Edge

15th Dec, 2017 | 3:11pm

'Worrying times' - Owen makes bold statement over Newcastle clash v Arsenal

Former Newcastle United striker Michael Owen has said that he is expecting the club’s terrible form continue when they travel to Arsenal on Saturday.

The Magpies face the Gunners on the back of an eight match winless streak, which has seen Rafael Benitez and his side pick up just one point from a possible 24, losing seven of the games.

It is a run which has resulted in the north east side sitting just one point and two places above fellow strugglers Crystal Palace in the last of the relegation spots, having been defeated 1-0 at home by Everton on Wednesday.

Ahead of the trip to the Emirates Stadium, Owen has boldly stated that Benitez’s men will not even be able to score a goal, let alone pick up a point against the Gunners, who hold an impressive nine-game winning run over the Magpies in recent years.

Predicting a 2-0 win for Arsenal, Owen wrote on his blog for Metro: “Arsenal have won their last nine Premier League games against Newcastle and they are likely to make that 10 at the weekend.

“The Magpies have picked up just one point from their last eight league games – the worst record in the division.

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“Rafa Benitez has never won at Arsenal in the Premier League and these are worrying times for my former club who face a difficult game at West Ham next weekend before they entertain Manchester City over Christmas.”

Arsenal come into the clash off the back of two successive draws, most recently the 0-0 stalemate with West Ham in midweek, which has left Arsene Wenger and his men sitting in seventh, behind their traditional top six rivals as well as surprise package of the season Burnley.

In other Newcastle United news, a panel of Sky Sports pundits have been unanimous in their verdict on the Magpies’ survival hopes.

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