Mark Lawrenson backs Burnley to 'scrap' out of relegation zone and makes Arsenal scoreline prediction

Burnley are back in Premier League action this weekend, when they take on Mikel Arteta's Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.
(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Writing in his weekly predictions column for BBC Sport, pundit Mark Lawrenson backed a 2-0 win for the hosts.

Justifying his prediction, the ex-Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender claimed: "The problems seem to be stacking up for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta at the moment.

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"The more games his side lose, and the longer they continue to struggle to create chances, the more people are going to ask why Mesut Ozil is not in the Gunners team - he will be eligible to play in the Premier League again in January."

Lawro continued: "I would still back Arsenal to beat Burnley, but what Arteta really needs is a good performance from his team too. Some of them are coasting at the moment and they are not earning their corn.

"That is not something you could ever accuse any Burnley players of. They are in the bottom three at the moment but I am expecting them to gradually climb away from trouble, partly because of their willingness to scrap"

Meanwhile, Lawro's sparring partner for the week, Lonely The Brave drummer Gavin 'Mo' Edgeley, picked a 1-1 draw, citing the "pressure" on Arteta as the key reason behind his choice.

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Last time the two sides met, back in February, the Clarets earned a hard-fought goalless draw to end an 11 game losing streak against the Gunners that stretched back to 2009.