Lawrenson: Stoke can pick up a result against Arsenal

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Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Stoke City will draw 1-1 with Arsenal at the weekend.

BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson believes that Stoke City will be able to pick up a point from their game against Arsenal this weekend. 

The Potters are outsiders to get a result against the Gunners, but Lawrenson thinks they can upset the odds.

He feels that Arsenal have struggled to find their top form this season and saw enough from Stoke's recent performances to suggest they will be able to trouble Arsene Wenger's men. 

"I think the Potters can pick up a positive result against Arsenal though [predicts 1-1 draw]," he said to BBC Sport. "The Gunners huffed and puffed before beating Southampton with a late goal on Wednesday and they did not play with the fluency I would expect.

"Arsenal have made a habit of scoring vital late goals, which all together have earned them six extra points this season.

"That is not down to luck, and it is something to be proud of - generally, the best teams do score late because they wear the opposition down physically and mentally."

Arsenal have been well short of their best for the season so far, but they are still on the outskirts of the top four. 

Wenger's side are only two points away from the Champions League qualification places and they will know that a victory at the Britannia Stadium could see them leapfrog Manchester United. 

Arsenal have typically struggled at Stoke's home ground, having failed to win there in the league for four seasons, but they will be determined to end that run on Saturday. 

Stoke, too, have not met their expectations this season, but their displays have still been encouraging at times and they should pose a threat to Arsenal if they away side are off their game. 

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