Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Arsenal v Bournemouth
BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to beat Bournemouth at The Emirates on Sunday
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Arsenal to ease to a 2-0 win against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners will be looking to cement their place in the Premier League’s top four with a third home win of the top-flight campaign.
Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cancelled out Scott McTominay’s first-half goal.
The Gunners were 4-0 winners against Belgian side Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday night to continue their excellent start to their European campaign.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, have a good record on the road in the Premier League this season, having secured victories at Aston Villa and Southampton.
Eddie Howe’s men have only lost to Leicester City in their away fixtures, suffering a 3-1 defeat at the King Power Stadium.
But former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is tipping Arsenal to secure a straightforward victory over Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.
“Arsenal were pretty awful against Manchester United on Monday but they will look at a draw at Old Trafford as being a good point, regardless of United’s current position,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“Bournemouth have made a bright start to the season but I don’t look at this game as one where they will expect to get anything – they have not picked up a point in four previous visits to the Emirates, and I don’t think that run will end this weekend.
“Yes, the Cherries will have chances, but Arsenal are going to have a lot of the ball and they have the quality in their attack to make it count.”
Arsenal finished in fifth spot in the Premier League table in Unai Emery’s first season in charge of the north London side.
The Gunners suffered a 4-1 loss to Chelsea FC in the Europa League trophy to miss out on silverware in Emery’s debut campaign.
The Spanish head coach signed six new players in the summer transfer window.