BBC Sport pundit states his prediction for Burnley v Arsenal

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Arsenal's clash with Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday

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Mark Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to sign off for the Premier League season with a 1-1 draw at Burnley.

The Gunners have suffered a dramatic loss of form in the Premier League in recent weeks to all but end their hopes of a top-four finish in the top flight.

The north London side have lost three and drawn one of their last five games in the Premier League to leave Tottenham Hotspur in the driving seat to secure the final Champions League qualification spot.

Arsenal still have a great chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League this term, with the Gunners set to take on Chelsea FC in the final in Baku.

However, former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to drop points in their final Premier League game of the season at Turf Moor this weekend.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Arsenal have struggled on the road, losing eight of their 18 away league games so far this season, and I cannot imagine they are looking forward to this trip too much.

“Burnley kept City out at Turf Moor for an hour at the end of April but I don’t think the Clarets will sit in like that against the Gunners. Why would you?

“Arsenal’s big weakness is at the back and this will be another test for their defence. I can see Burnley getting it forward to their front two and thinking they can pose Unai Emery’s side some problems.

“I would give Emery a 7/10 for his first season as Gunners boss, but that would rise to an 8/10 if he won the Europa League and got into the Champions League that way, but they are not going to make it through their league position.

“Yes, they can still match Tottenham’s points tally, but they will not be able to better their goal difference.”

Arsenal ended up in sixth place and without a trophy in the Premier League under Arsene Wenger last term.

The Gunners will be looking to significantly strengthen their squad in the summer transfer window as they prepare for Unai Emery’s second campaign in charge of the north London club.

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