Mark Lawrenson states prediction for West Ham v Arsenal

The Liverpool legend is backing Arsenal to ease to a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham

Mark Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to beat West Ham United at their first-ever meeting at the London Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Gunners suffered a surprise 2-0 loss to Southampton in the EFL Cup quarter-final at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.

Arsenal’s League Cup defeat was their first loss in 19 games in the Premier League, Champions League and EFL Cup.

However, the north London side are still unbeaten in 12 Premier League fixtures since a 4-3 defeat by title rivals Liverpool in their opening game of the 2016-17 season.

West Ham, on the other hand, failed to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford twice over the past six days following a 1-1 draw in the Premier League before a 4-1 loss in the League Cup.

Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson can’t see past a comfortable Gunners win despite Arsenal’s League Cup exit.

“Arsenal’s 19-game unbeaten run ended on Wednesday when they went out of the EFL Cup to Southampton,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“The Gunners had made a stack of changes for that tie, which I don’t understand – why not rest players in the Champions League next week instead, because they are already through to the last 16 in that competition.

“West Ham also went out of the EFL Cup this week against Manchester United, a few days after picking up a point at Old Trafford in the league.

“I don’t see the Hammers getting anything from this game, though. Arsenal have not been at their best in recent weeks but they have got enough about them to find a way to collect three points.”

Arsenal finished in second place in the Premier League table last season.

The Gunners are eight points ahead of Manchester United in the race for a top-four finish.

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