Mark Lawrenson reveals his prediction for Brighton v Arsenal

Mark Lawrenson reveals his prediction for Brighton v Arsenal in the Premier League on Boxing Day

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Mark Lawrenson is tipping Brighton and Hove Albion to hold Arsenal to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

It has been a solid start to the season for the north London side since Unai Emery’s appointment as the club’s new manager back in May.

Arsenal currently find themselves well in contention for a top-four finish in the Premier League as Emery looks to try and steer them towards Champions League qualification.

Indeed, the Gunners are fifth in the table and level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea FC as they look to try and finish in the top four for the first time in two seasons.

However, former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson feels that Arsenal are likely to drop points when they travel to the south coast to take on Brighton on Boxing Day.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Arsenal got over their little blip by beating Burnley but this is a tough trip for them.

“Brighton just don’t lose at home very often, whoever they play, and I am backing them to get another point here.”

Arsenal could well be linked with a number of players during the January transfer window as they consider bolstering their squad ahead of the second half of the season.

The Gunners ended up in sixth place in the table and without a trophy last term in what was Arsene Wenger’s final campaign in charge at The Emirates.

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