Mark Lawrenson highlights Arsenal flaw as he predicts Gunners v Hull City

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to the FA Cup clash between Arsenal and Hull City.

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has backed the Tigers to hold Arsenal to a 1-1 draw on Sunday in a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final.

The Gunners host their fellow Premier League rivals coming off the back of a disappointing 2-0 loss at top four rivals Southampton.

It was another game which highlighted the inconsistency shown by Arsene Wenger’s men this season and yet further proof of their underlying problems.

Hull, on the other hand, have been competitive if not somewhat inconsistent themselves this season though their record this season against the so-called big clubs has been solid.

The recent victory over Everton proves they are a good match in their day and Lawrenson believes the host’s weak backline could see Steve Bruce’s side claim a positive result.

“The repeat of last season’s final should be interesting because I cannot see Hull boss Steve Bruce changing his team too much from the side that beat Everton on New Year’s Day,” he told the BBC.

“The Tigers were in mid-table when they started out on their cup run last time. They are fighting relegation this season but, even so, Bruce is not the kind of guy just to throw a game away.”

“Usually, I would expect Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to juggle his squad but he is under a bit of pressure after the non-performance in their defeat by Southampton.”

“That game underlined how the Gunners don't just need a new defender and defensive midfielder, they need a new goalkeeper too.”

“Wojciech Szczesny is a good keeper but he is not top class, and therein lies one of their problems. Neither side will want a draw, so that is what I am going for.”

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