Mark Lawrenson predicts Arsenal v Everton

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to today’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium.

Mark Lawrenson has predicted in his BBC Sport column that Arsenal will bounce back from midweek’s Champions League disappointment today.

The Gunners suffered a 3-1 defeat to AS Monaco in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at the Emirates Stadium in North London on Wednesday.

Arsenal will host Everton at home in the Premier League today and will hope to pick up three points in order to maintain their challenge for a top-four finish.

Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson was disappointed with Arsenal’s performance against Monaco, and does not believe that Arsene Wenger’s side will be able to turn the tie around in the second leg.

However, the 57-year-old backs the Gunners to recover from Wednesday’s loss and win against Everton today.

“I would be surprised if Arsene Wenger's side suffer a hangover from Wednesday's disappointment at the weekend though,” Lawrenson wrote on BBC Sport.

“Everton are not playing with any great confidence at the moment, as we saw in their 2-2 draw with Leicester last weekend, and I do not see them causing Arsenal too many problems.”

Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League table with 48 points from 26 matches, and will go back up to third with victory over the Toffees.

Meanwhile, Merseyside outfit Everton are 14th in the standings at the moment with 28 points from 26 matches, just six points above the relegation zone.

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