Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Everton v Arsenal

Mark Lawrenson previews Arsenal's trip to Everton in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime

Mark Lawrenson is backing Everton to further dent Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes by holding the Gunners to a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s Premier League clash at Goodison Park.

Arsenal have faced plenty of criticism in recent weeks following their disappointing run of form.

The Gunners have only won one of their last eight games in all competitions and were dumped out of the Champions League by Barcelona on Wednesday night.

The north London side were also knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Watford last weekend.

Arsenal are currently third in the Premier League and 11 points behind leaders Leicester heading into this weekend’s round of games.

And former Liverpool man Lawrenson is tipping Everton to get at least a point from Saturday lunchtime’s game at Goodison Park.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Arsenal have won only one of their past eight games in all competitions – with their sole victory coming in an FA Cup replay against Hull.

“It is not good enough and, of all the times of the season to hit a wall, this is the worst.

“This is a bad time to be going to Goodison Park too, because Everton will be buoyed by their performance and win against Chelsea in the FA Cup.

“Goodison is an extremely intimidating place to go when it is really rocking, and it will be the same against the Gunners because the Everton fans will smell blood.

“Arsenal need to regroup, but the only thing they have really got to play for now is to make sure they are back in the Champions League again next season.

“Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is under a bit more pressure than normal but I think, with his achievements at Arsenal, he has earned the right to be the person who decides when he goes.”

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Arsenal have not won the Premier League since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 season.

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