Mark Lawrenson predicts Arsenal v West Ham United outcome

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes Arsenal will beat West Ham 2-0 this weekend.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has written in his weekly BBC column that Arsenal will beat West Ham United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Saturday, fresh from their 2-1 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday night.

Arsene Wenger's men have won eight of their last ten Premier League games, and have been in superb form of late - at least in the league, with their Champions League hopes in tatters after a 3-1 home defeat to Monaco.

Still, a top four place looks likely for the Gunners, and their cause would be helped with a win over West Ham United this weekend.

The Hammers are conversely in terrible form, winning just one of their last 11 Premier League games, and Sam Allardyce's men are struggling right now.

A trip to the Emirates Stadium is particularly daunting, and Lawrenson wrote in his BBC prediction column that West Ham face another defeat this weekend, specifically suggesting that the Gunners would win the game comfortably with a 2-0 scoreline.

"West Ham's bad run continues - since Christmas they have won only one out of 11 league games," said Lawrenson. "They were the better team when they played Chelsea last time out, but still lost. I am sure Hammers boss Sam Allardyce will make it difficult for Arsenal too, but probably with the same outcome."

"The Gunners got a great win at Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday, which was thoroughly deserved. Arsene Wenger's side win the majority of their games but then occasionally have a hiccup - I don't see any hiccup happening here," he added.

Arsenal beat West Ham 2-1 at Upton Park back in December, and will be looking to complete a double over their London rivals with a win on Saturday afternoon.

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