Mark Lawrenson makes Arsenal admission ahead of Chelsea FC clash

The Liverpool FC legend believes the Gunners will finish outside the top four

Arsenal manager Unai Emery Photo: Football.ru / Wikimedia

Mark Lawrenson has admitted that he is unsure whether he was right to tip Arsenal to finish in fourth place in the Premier League this season.

The Gunners ended up in sixth spot in the top flight table last term to result in Arsene Wenger’s exit after 22 seasons in charge.

Unai Emery was appointed as Wenger’s replacement following previous stints in charge of Valencia, Sevilla, Paris Saint-Germain and Spartak Moscow.

The Spanish head coach’s arrival has injected a fresh wave of optimist throughout the north London side.

Emery has wasted no time stamping his authority on the Gunners with the addition of five new players to improve his squad.

However, the Gunners suffered a chastening 2-0 loss to defending Premier League champions Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.

Arsenal will make the short trip to Chelsea FC in their next Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson has admitted that he has been forced to revise his prediction that Arsenal will secure a return to the top four in Emery’s debut campaign.

“I may have to revise my prediction that Arsenal will finish fourth,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“It was a little bit of a mish-mash of a performance, the kind of thing I have seen before where a manager is new to the Premier League and does not really grasp what it is all about.

“City are the best team in the country – there is no argument about that – but Arsenal let them have so much time on the ball, they were asking for trouble. I just wonder what Emery might change for his side’s trip to Stamford Bridge?”

Arsenal signed Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi in the summer transfer window so far,

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