Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Arsenal v Man City in the FA Cup
Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Arsenal's clash with Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Manchester City to claim a 2-0 win over Arsenal in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
The Gunners head into Sunday’s showdown looking to keep their hopes of winning a trophy this season alive after a difficult few weeks for Arsene Wenger’s men.
The north London side’s miserable form in the Premier League has caused them to drop down into sixth place in the table and leave them facing an uphill struggle to secure a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Manchester City, meanwhile, geared up for Sunday’s clash with with a 3-0 Premier League win over Southampton to keep Pep Guardiola’s men in fourth place in the table.
And former Liverpool star Lawrenson is expecting to see Manchester City book their place in the final against either Chelsea or Tottenham at the expense of Arsenal.
Lawrenson wrote in his column for BBC Sport: “I think this semi-final will be close as well, even though neither side is great defensively.
“If Vincent Kompany is back for Manchester City, he makes a massive difference to everyone around him – a bit like when John Terry was at his peak for Chelsea.
“Arsenal’s switch to play with three at the back in their win at Middlesbrough on Monday felt like a last throw of the dice by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
“Wenger’s side have been so ordinary for so long, and I just think City will have too much for them.
“Even if Arsenal get through this tie and win the final, then as much of an achievement that would be it should not change the decision over Wenger’s future, because I think it is time for a change.
“In fact, winning the FA Cup would be the perfect way for him to bow out. I don’t see it happening, though.”
Arsenal finished second and without a trophy last season but the Gunners won the FA Cup in 2015 and 2014.