Mark Lawrenson predicts Arsenal’s result against Bournemouth


Arsenal will look to get back to winning ways when they host Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger’s side started the campaign with a nerve-racking 4-3 win over Leicester City but they have since stumbled to consecutive defeats against Stoke City and Liverpool.

Mark Lawrenson provided his weekly prediction on BBC Sport on Thursday where he expects the Gunners to come up with all three points, although it won’t do much to change the atmosphere around the club.

“Wenger has achieved so much with the club, but he cut such a sorry, solitary figure after the Liverpool game that I actually felt sorry for him.” he said.

“It is the same old story, really – it always feels as if the Gunners are only ever 90 minutes away from another calamity – and that is not going to change regardless of how they do this weekend.

I do think they will beat Bournemouth, but I am afraid to say that, if they do, they will just be papering over the cracks.”

Lawro has predicted a 2-0 victory for the Gunners at home, and Wenger would probably settle for a similar result – after an embarrassing 4-0 defeat in the previous game at Liverpool, where the entire team apart from Petr Cech, failed to show up.

Arsene Wenger was understood to be visibly fuming at his backroom staff following the Anfield humbling, and it is suggested that he would not think twice about dropping players – should he watch a similar attitude on the field.

Following the Bournemouth game, Arsenal have a testing Europa League opener against Koln at home on Thursday night which will be followed by a tough trip to Chelsea, where they have not won since 2011.

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