Date: 20th April 2019 at 11:42pm
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Michael Owen has shared his thoughts in his Metro Sport column on all the weekend action and believes Arsenal will just about edge past Crystal Palace on Sunday.The Gunners welcome former England boss Roy Hodgeson’s Eagles to the Emirates with only three points in mind in order to keep up their top four ambitions.

Arsenal are currently fourth in the table, with just four points separating 3rd place Spurs and Manchester United in 6th.

Arsenal drew 2-2 at Palace in October

Former Premier League star Owen has predicted a narrow win for Unai Emery’s side.

‘Arsenal face a very difficult trip to Naples on Thursday, but I feel they will pick up maximum points against Palace and gain an 11th successive home league win on Sunday – a record for the club in top-flight football.

‘Palace have picked up more points on the road (23 of 39) than they have at Selhurst Park so far this term and although they do have pace and power on the break, I feel the Gunners will continue their excellent recent home league run.

Michael’s recommendation: 2-1′

Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after the match against Napoli

Arsenal will be in buoyant mood following their progression to the Europa League semi-finals.

Full back Ainsley Maitland-Niles claims the pressure is off now the Gunners are through to face Valencia in the next round.

And the academy graduate is also backing his to make a strong push for a Champions League finish.

He said: “Beating Napoli feels like a weight off our shoulders. The team deserved it. From the strikers all the way back to the keeper, everyone had to play their part.

“The manager has given us a lot of confidence. He’s backing us and he believes in us so much. And we believe in each other more and more each day.

“We’re growing as a team and the spirit is very high. We all look to each other for inspiration and it’s going well at the moment.”