Mark Lawrenson claims Aston Villa's problem is obvious, predicts result against Arsenal

Mark Lawrenson believes Arsenal will beat Aston Villa 2-0 today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Aston Villa will lose 2-0 to Arsenal today, stating that their lack of quality is 'obvious'.

Villa sit bottom of the Premier League table with just six points to their name from 15 games, and it's already looking bleak for new manager Remi Garde.

The Frenchman - pictured playing for Arsenal here - replaced Tim Sherwood back in November but hasn't been able to turn Villa's fortunes around, having picked up just two points from his four games so far.

It's a meeting with his former mentor today though, as Garde takes on his ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, the man who brought him to England all the way back in 1996. 

The Gunners enjoyed a superb 3-0 away win at Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday night, and will be looking to continue their momentum with a victory over Villa today.

Arsenal head in to the match as clear favourites given the fortunes of the two clubs this season, and pundit Mark Lawrenson claims Wenger's men will come out on top.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Lawrenson has predicted a 2-0 win for Arsenal, adding that the lack of quality in Aston Villa's squad this season is 'obivous'.

"There is no problem with Aston Villa's commitment or desire, and their attitude is good - it is an obvious lack of quality that is letting them down," said Lawrenson.

"With Villa boss Remi Garde against his old Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, this is a case of pupil versus professor and, for me, there is only one winner," he added.

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