Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Liverpool vs Arsenal

Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal need abrupt solution to boost midfield woes
Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal need abrupt solution to boost midfield woes
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BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson has stated his prediction for Saturday’s Premier League clash between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield.

The Gunners have been splendid form since the first international break of the season, picking up 20 points from eight top-flight matches.

They are now just two points adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are occupying the final Champions League spot.

Ahead of Saturday’s thrilling encounter, Lawrenson believes the Reds will come on top with a 2-0 win despite the Gunners’ resurgence.

He told BBC Sport: “You can see the improvement from front to back – in attack Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette seem to be playing with a smile on their faces.”

“Ben White has settled everything down at the back. Let’s see how they get on at Anfield before we get carried away though.

“Liverpool looked porous in the final half-hour of their defeat by West Ham so I’d fancy Arsenal to create chances against them. The question is, will the Gunners hold out?”

Arsenal started the campaign in a dismal fashion with three defeats, but have made amends with six wins and two draws in the next eight games.

The schedule was friendlier to them with Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City being the toughest fixtures of the lot.

Saturday’s trip to Anfield should provide a real test of their top-four credentials with the Merseyside outfit considered as potential title contenders.

The Gunners have struggled to pick up points on the road to the Reds over the past nine years, and it has quite often been a one-sided affair.

Their last league victory at Anfield came in 2012. They have since picked up just two points from the next eight trips, and none since 2016.

They have received a big injury boost ahead of the game with Thomas Partey confirmed fit after his recent absence with a thigh problem.

The midfielder needs to be at the top of his game for the Gunners to assert dominance and come up with a positive result tomorrow.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com and 11v11.com

Read: Arsenal handed big injury boost with Thomas Partey fit to face Liverpool.

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