Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for West Ham v Arsenal
The Liverpool FC legend is backing Arsenal to beat West Ham at London Stadium on Saturday afternoon
Mark Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to ease to a comfortable win against West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners will make the short trip across the English capital looking to keep pressure on fourth-placed Chelsea FC in the race to secure a Champions League spot.
Arsenal have only managed to win three of their last six Premier League games to lose ground on Maurizio Sarri’s men in the race to secure a top-four finish.
Unai Emery’s men are winless in their last four Premier League games on the road and have only managed to beat Bournemouth in their last six outings.
Arsenal will take on a West Ham side that has been contending with speculation surrounding their star striker this week after Marko Arnautovic was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League.
The Hammers are in mid table and are without a win in their last two Premier League fixtures.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to ease to victory over West Ham United in their Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon.
“Normal service will be resumed this weekend in terms of Premier League teams going with their strongest line-ups after resting players last week – not just here, but across the division,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“In the Premier League, the Hammers’ form has been very up and down in recent weeks, but the same could be said about the Gunners.”
Lawrenson added: “I am going for an Arsenal win here, but it is clear that Unai Emery still has a lot of work to do.
“He has only been in charge for half a season and I think that, when they come up against the top teams, the same problems still remain.
“The main issue is at the back. Would I back them defensively? No, absolutely not. Too many of their defenders are not Champions League level, which is the standard they need them to be at.
“Both of these sides are safely into the next round of the FA Cup after beating lower league sides – I was at Blackpool for BBC Radio 5 live to see Arsenal cruise through.”
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when the Gunners finished the season unbeaten under Emery’s predecessor Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners appointed Emery as Wenger’s replacement in the summer.