Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Arsenal v Middlesbrough

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Arsenal's clash with Middlesbrough in the Premier League this weekend

Mark Lawrenson is tipping Arsenal to cruise to a 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners have earned plenty of praise in recent weeks for their impressive form and Arsene Wenger’s men continued their strong run with a 6-0 win over Ludogorets in the Champions League in midweek.

Arsenal have won their last six games in a row in the Premier League to leave Wenger’s side second in the table and level on points with leaders Manchester City after eight matches.

The north London side are the heavy favourites to take all three points against Middlesbrough at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

And former Liverpool star Lawrenson is not expecting the Gunners to have any problems against Boro this weekend.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Boro are finding life tough in the top flight and it is their lack of goals that concerns me most.

“They have not picked up a single point this season after falling behind in a game, so the first goal is going to be very important on Saturday. You have to fancy Arsenal to get it.

“The Gunners have now won seven games in a row in all competitions and it is hard not to see them making it eight on Saturday.”

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Arsenal, who finished second behind Leicester in the Premier League last season, have not lifted the top-flight trophy since their famous unbeaten triumph in 2003-04.

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