Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Arsenal v Burnley

The Liverpool FC legend is backing Arsenal to ease to a victory over Burnley at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon

Arsenal manager Unai Emery Photo: Screen grab

Mark Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to ease to a comfortable 2-0 win against Burnley at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners will be hoping to return to winning ways in the Premier League following a 3-2 loss to Southampton at St Mary’s last weekend.

Arsenal’s surprise defeat was their first loss under Unai Emery since the second weekend of the Premier League campaign.

The north London side lost to Manchester City and Chelsea FC in their opening two Premier League games under Emery.

Arsenal bounced back with a remarkable 14-game unbeaten run before the Gunners came up against Ralph Hasenhuttl and his rejuvenated Southampton side.

The north London outfit have an impressive home record in 2018 after losing just twice – both times to defending Premier League champions Manchester City.

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 10 games against Burnley, so an upset doesn’t appear to be on the cards when Emery’s men host the relegation candidates this weekend.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to ease to a comfortable win against Sean Dyche’s struggling Burnley side at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

“Arsenal chased the victory at 2-2 against Southampton but eventually got beaten – it was a howler by Bernd Leno that cost them and saw their 22-game unbeaten run come to an end,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“I saw it as a positive that Gunners boss Unai Emery did not want a draw, he wanted to win.

“Since then, they have gone out of the Carabao Cup after losing at home to Tottenham, but I think they will beat Burnley.”

Lawrenson added: “It won’t be straightforward, though. The Clarets are back in the relegation zone after last week’s late defeat by Tottenham, but I think they have got a bit of their mojo back recently.

“Sean Dyche’s side are looking a bit more like the team they were last season, when they spent the entire campaign in the top half of the table.

“Arsenal will have to work hard to see them off, but I think they will find a way.”

Arsenal will start the Premier League weekend in fifth place and three points adrift of Chelsea FC.

The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04, while Arsenal have missed out on a top-four finish in the last two seasons.

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