Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Arsenal v Chelsea FC

The Liverpool FC legend is backing Arsenal to edge to a 2-1 win against Chelsea FC at The Emirates on Saturday evening

Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri (Photo: The Sport Review)

Mark Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to secure a narrow 2-1 win against Chelsea FC at The Emirates on Saturday evening.

The Gunners will welcome their bitter rivals to north London in the knowledge that a win would leave Unai Emery’s side a mere three points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea FC.

Arsenal have endured a difficult run of results over the past month or so after a return of two victories in their last six Premier League fixtures.

Chelsea FC were 3-2 winners against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in the second round of fixtures back in August to make an impressive start under Maurizio Sarri.

The Blues, much like Arsenal, have endured some struggles under the Italian manager but have been able to occupy a top-four spot despite losing to Leicester, Tottenham and Wolves.

Only Manchester City and Liverpool FC have a better home record than Arsenal in the Premier League this season.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to beat Chelsea FC at The Emirates on Saturday evening.

“Arsenal need to strengthen at the back otherwise it is going to be the same old story, and they are just going to be fighting for fifth,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Manchester United’s run means they are back in the race for the top four and it could be even closer after this weekend.

“I am expecting United to beat Brighton and if Arsenal beat Chelsea too, then there will only be three points separating the three teams.

“We are also not sure how Tottenham will get on without the injured Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, who is away with South Korea at the Asian Cup, so the next few weeks are going to be very interesting.”

Chelsea FC have collected 22 points from 10 away games in the Premier League this season.

However, Maurizio Sarri’s side have failed to secure a win in their last three visits to The Emirates.

Arsenal are looking to secure a top-four finish for the first time since 2015-16.

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