Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Arsenal v Aston Villa

BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to ease to a comfortable win over Aston Villa on Sunday

Unai Emery
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Mark Lawrenson is tipping Arsenal to ease to a straightforward 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners will be eager to make a swift return to winning ways following a three-game run in the Premier League without a victory.

Arsenal won their opening two fixtures against Newcastle United and Burnley before a 3-1 loss at leaders Liverpool FC.

Unai Emery’s side have drawn 2-2 in their last two league outings against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Watford.

Arsenal rebuilt some of their confidence with an impressive 3-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in their opening Europa League group-stage fixture in Germany on Thursday night.

The Gunners will take on an Aston Villa side that have only managed to win one of their opening five Premier League games since their return to the top flight.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to beat Aston Villa at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

“It was a case of ‘same old Arsenal’ with their defensive collapse against Watford on Sunday,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“The Gunners still have a weakness at the back but, from what I’ve seen of them so far this season, I don’t think Aston Villa have got the attacking power to take advantage.”

Arsenal are looking to finish in the Premier League’s top four this season after the Gunners missed out on a Champions League qualification spot in the last three campaigns.

Emery signed six new players in the summer transfer window in an attempt to revamp his Arsenal squad ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

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