Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Wolves v Arsenal
BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson believes Wolves will beat Arsenal in their meeting on Wednesday night
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Wolves to inflict another damaging defeat upon Arsenal in their Premier League meeting on Wednesday night.
Arsenal squandered the chance to hoist themselves into the top four at the expense of their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.
Spurs lost 1-0 to Manchester City at The Etihad in Saturday’s early kick-off to give Arsenal, Chelsea FC and Manchester United the incentive to win their games.
However, the Gunners suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat by Crystal Palace at The Emirates to remain in fifth spot with three games to go.
Arsenal face a difficult trip to Wolves on Wednesday night where Emery’s side will look to secure just their seventh win of the season on the road.
Wolves have the eighth best home record in the Premier League this season, beating the likes of Chelsea FC and Manchester United at Molineux.
BBC Sport pundit Lawrenson is backing Wolves to secure another big scalp when Arsenal make the trip to Molineux in their mid-week Premier League fixture.
“Wolves were held by Brighton on Saturday and it seems they struggle to beat teams who just sit in against them,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“That is something for Nuno Espirito Santo to sort out for next season, but I don’t think it will be a problem on Wednesday because Arsenal will go at them.
“Arsenal could well end up winning the Europa League but they have had the same problem all season: massive issues defensively, as we saw again in Sunday’s defeat by Crystal Palace.”
Arsenal are looking to secure a top-four spot for the first time in two seasons to end their prolonged absence from the Champions League.
The Gunners will take on Valencia in the Europa League semi-finals with a place in the Champions League up for grabs for the competition’s winner.