Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Bournemouth v Arsenal
The Liverpool FC legend is backing Bournemouth to cause an upset against Arsenal on Sunday
Mark Lawrenson is backing Bournemouth to secure a surprise 2-1 win against Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.
The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 10 games in the Premier League to hoist themselves up to fifth place in the table.
Unai Emery made a suspect start to his first season in charge of Arsenal after the Gunners lost to Manchester City and Chelsea FC in their opening two games.
However, Arsenal responded in style with a seven-game winning run to mount an impressive top-four challenge and close ground on Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur.
The Gunners have failed to win their last three Premier League outings, but Emery’s side have managed to remain unbeaten following draws with Crystal Palace, Liverpool FC and Wolves.
Bournemouth, on the other hand, are in sixth place in the top flight and trailing Arsenal by four points following a run of three victories in their last six games.
The Cherries have lost to Chelsea FC and Manchester United in the current campaign and are still waiting to notch up a win against a top-six club.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Bournemouth to beat Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
“Wolves had umpteen chances and battered Arsenal last time out, and the Gunners were very fortunate to escape with a draw,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“I don’t think Arsenal will be so lucky this time, however.
“I know they have built up a reputation for fighting back in games since Unai Emery took charge but I am expecting Bournemouth to cause them lots of problems, and also to hold on.”
Arsenal have failed to finish in the Premier League’s top four in the last two seasons and Emery’s biggest challenge will be securing a Champions League spot.