Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Arsenal v Hull City
Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Arsenal's clash with Hull City in the Premier League on Saturday
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Arsenal to bounce back to winning ways in the Premier League by beating Hull City 2-0 at The Emirates on Saturday lunchtime.
The Gunners have struggled to find consistent form in the top flight in recent weeks and slumped to a 2-1 loss to Watford last week before a 3-1 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Those result have left Arsene Wenger’s men in fourth place in the Premier League table and 12 points behind leaders Chelsea as they look to haul themselves back into the title race.
Arsenal are aiming to return to winning ways to get their top four bid back on track, and former Liverpool man Lawrenson is tipping the Gunners to take all three points in front of their home fans and ease some of the pressure of Wenger.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Marco Silva is doing a great job in charge of Hull – their January signings seem to be doing well too, and Silva has also lifted the players who were already there.
“The Tigers are still in the relegation zone but their improved form has helped bring the bottom six closer together, which makes a difference too – when you are down at the bottom of the table, the more teams who are close to you, the better.
“This is the fourth league game in a row that Hull have faced a top-six side, and after losing to Chelsea they have taken four points from Manchester United and Liverpool, which is obviously more than most people expected.
“I think that good run will end at the Emirates, though. Arsenal have had a bad patch that has basically ended their title hopes, as per usual.
“But in the past we have always seen a reaction from them where their form improves, and I am expecting that to happen here.
“The whole debate about Arsene Wenger’s future does not help matters but, as much as the focus is on him, this is the same group of players that went 19 games unbeaten earlier in the season.
“There is no excuse for them making a poor start to games like they have done recently. They just need to pull their fingers out, put their heads down and start producing that kind of form again.”
Arsenal are aiming to build on their second-placed finish in the Premier League last season.