Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Arsenal v Bournemouth
Mark Lawrenson reckons Arsenal will secure a comfortable 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday
Mark Lawrenson is fully expecting to see a response from Arsenal when they host Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Arsene Wenger’s men do not have long to dust themselves down after the disappointment of their shock 4-0 loss at the hands of Southampton on Boxing Day.
Arsenal had been tipped by many to be the favourites to win the Premier League title this season after their impressive 2-1 win over Manchester City last week.
However, the Gunners spectacularly spurned their chance to move top of the Premier League table at St Mary’s on Saturday.
Nevertheless, former Liverpool man Lawrenson is expecting the north London side to return to winning ways by claiming a 2-0 win over Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “Arsenal always let you down and it happened again at Southampton. They just didn’t appear.
“Arsenal were bullied by Southampton, they had no answer to Shane Long’s pace and capitulated towards the end. It looked a game too far for some of the players, which is worrying, but even on a bad day they will create chances. With the players they have got Arsenal should be favourites to win the league from here but the problem is they always throw in a Southampton type result.
“In a normal season you would worry for their chances but in this season of flux, of change, of inconsistency they will probably get away with it.
“I love the spirit of Bournemouth and the way that they don’t change the way they play for anybody. They run their hearts out every game. They won’t get a result at The Emirates though.”
Arsenal, who finished third last season, are currently second in the Premier League table and two points behind leaders Leicester City heading into Monday’s game.