Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Sunderland v Arsenal
Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Arsenal's trip to Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Arsenal to return to winning ways in the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday lunchtime.
The Gunners head into the game looking to get back on track in the title race after their frustrating goalless draw with Middlesbrough last weekend at The Emirates.
Arsene Wenger watched his side beat Reading 2-0 at The Emirates on Tuesday night to secure their place in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.
Arsenal are currently in second place in the Premier League table and level on points with leaders Manchester City after nine games of the new season.
And former Liverpool man Lawrenson is tipping the Gunners to heap yet more misery on the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light this weekend.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Sunderland have actually played quite well in their last couple of games – at West Ham last Saturday and against Southampton in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night – but they lost them both 1-0.
“The Black Cats only have two points from their first nine league games so it is a massive understatement to say they need a win, but I also think they need a bit of luck.
“They will certainly need it to get anything out of this game. Even if they play well against Arsenal, I just don’t see Sunderland beating them at the moment.
“I know the Gunners drew at home to Middlesbrough last week, which might have seen a few people saying “here we go again, same old Arsenal”.
“But every team in the top seven has had some sort of hiccup this season, and the most important thing for Arsenal when they have days like that is that they do not get beaten.”
Arsenal finished second in the Premier League table last season and without a trophy.
The Gunners have not won the title since the 2003-04 season.