Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Norwich v Arsenal

BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to draw with Norwich City on Sunday afternoon

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Mark Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to earn a point at Norwich City on Sunday afternoon.

Arsenal sacked Unai Emery on Friday morning after the Gunners suffered a 2-1 loss to Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League at The Emirates on Thursday night.

The Gunners had gone seven games without a win to prompt the Arsenal board to make a change despite having appointed Emery as Arsene Wenger’s replacement in May 2018.

Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg will take over the reins of the north London club as the Gunners begin their search for a permanent successor for Emery.

The north London side have failed to secure three points in their last five away games, losing three times and drawing twice.

Arsenal haven’t won a Premier League fixture on the road since a 1-0 win at Newcastle United in their opening game of the 2019-20 season.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson believes Arsenal will have to settle for a point against Norwich City on Sunday.

“Not enough has been made of Norwich’s defensive injury crisis, so it was a really good result at Everton the other week,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“They will definitely go for Arsenal because they have a soft centre.

“It was a disappointing result and performance for Arsenal in the Europa League and this game might be too soon to see a big change in performance.”

Arsenal are looking to secure a return to Champions League football after a three-season absence.

They Gunners will take on a Norwich City side that are three points from safety in the relegation zone.

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