Mark Lawrenson predicts Arsenal v Tottenham, makes comment about Pochettino's tactics

Mark Lawrenson believes Arsenal and Tottenham will draw 1-1 this afternoon.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he believes Arsenal and Tottenham will play out a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium today.

Arsenal enter the game having won seven of their last eight Premier League games, and they now sit joint-top of the Premier League as Arsene Wenger's men appear to be mounting a serious bid for the title.

However, the Gunners suffered embarrassment in Germany in midweek, as they were hammered 5-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, giving fans cause for concern ahead of their game against North London rivals Tottenham today.

Spurs have been in great form themselves, and have lost just once this season, with Mauricio Pochettino earning plenty of plaudits for his work at White Hart Lane.

Monday's 3-1 win over Aston Villa was followed up with a 2-1 victory over Anderlecht in the Europa League, giving Spurs superb preparation for the big game today.

Now, pundit Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that after witnessing Arsenal's defeat to Bayern, he is predicting a 1-1 draw - and noted that Pochettino's tactics should make it hard for the Gunners to break Spurs down, having conceded just nine Premier League goals this season, with only Arsenal and Manchester United conceding fewer so far.

"I was in Munich on Wednesday for BBC Radio 5 live and Arsenal were lucky to only lose 5-1 to Bayern," said Lawrenson. "The Gunners were so poor defensively and there was no midfield cover - the final score could have been anything.

"Sunday's game will be a lot tighter - there is no way Arsenal will be so open again and Tottenham are likely to put their defence first. Mauricio Pochettino's teams are always tough to break down anyway," he added.

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