Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Bournemouth v Arsenal

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Arsenal's Premier League trip to Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon

Mark Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to bounce back to winning ways in the Premier League against Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners head into the game on the back of their disappointing goalless draw with Southampton at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.

Arsene Wenger’s men have been in stuttering form since the turn of the year and have failed to score in their last three Premier League outings.

Their draw against the Saints in midweek allowed their bitter local rivals Tottenham Hotspur to leapfrog them into third place in the Premier League table.

However, former Liverpool man Lawrenson is tipping Arsenal to secure a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth in Sunday’s top-flight clash.

Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “Some Arsenal fans were complaining after their draw with Southampton on Tuesday but they actually had enough chances to win two games.

“Part of their problem was that everyone around them at the top of the table won. The mood would have been very different if Arsenal had got the goal they probably should have scored, and if Sunderland’s pressure had seen them equalise against Manchester City.

“I expect the Gunners to bounce back and this is a good game for them to do that in because Bournemouth are an open side who play attacking football.

“The Cherries always create chances but they will let Arsenal play.”

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Arsenal, who finished third in the top flight last term, have won the FA Cup for the last two seasons running but have not lifted the Premier League trophy since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 campaign.

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