Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for West Ham v Arsenal
BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is backing West Ham to beat Arsenal 2-0 on Monday night
Mark Lawrenson is backing West Ham United to win 2-0 against Arsenal at the London Stadium on Monday night.
The Gunners will make the short trip across London in pursuit of their first Premier League win under caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg.
Arsenal drew 2-2 with promoted side Norwich City at Carrow Road in Ljungberg’s first game in charge of the north London outfit.
The Gunners then slumped to a 2-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion at The Emirates on Thursday night to lose more ground on the top four.
Arsenal are on their worst domestic run since 1977 as a change of manager failed to trigger a resurgence from the Gunners squad.
West Ham were 1-0 winners against Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge last weekend thanks to Aaron Cresswell’s winner.
But the Hammers lost 2-0 to fifth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday ahead of the visit of Arsenal on Monday.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing West Ham to ease to a 2-0 victory over Arsenal at the London Stadium on Monday night.
“Both of these teams have got problems, but Arsenal’s away form is probably the biggest issue here,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“The Gunners’ defending is not getting any better either and, if West Ham turn up for this one, I think they will win.
“Until Arsenal appoint a manager, it is difficult to know what direction they are going in – but it appears to be downwards at the moment.
“Their chances of securing Champions League football for next season by making the top four are starting to look remote.”
Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season under Ljungberg’s predecessor Unai Emery.
The former Sweden international has been asked to take on the role on a temporary basis.
The Gunners haven’t won a Premier League game since a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on 6 October.