Mark Lawrenson shares why he's worried about Tottenham, explains prediction v Arsenal

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Mark Lawrenson believes Tottenham and Arsenal will draw this weekend.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Tottenham Hotspur will draw 1-1 with Arsenal this afternoon - but suggests he's worried about Spurs after their defeat at West Ham in midweek.

Spurs fell to a 1-0 loss at Upton Park on Wednesday night, but they are still just three points adrift of league leaders Leicester City as the title race continues to take a number of twists and turns.

Tottenham weren't even expected to be in the title picture this season, but Mauricio Pochettino has put his side right in contention ahead of one of the biggest North London derbies in recent history.

Arsenal make the short trip to White Hart Lane in search of a much-needed victory, having lost 3-2 to Manchester United last weekend and Swansea City in midweek, with the pressure mounting on manager Arsene Wenger.

Gunners fans felt that this was their best chance to win the Premier League title, but instead, it's their fierce rivals Spurs who are more likely to end the season in first place.

Today's game will have a major say on the title race, and pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks the two teams will cancel each other out in a 1-1 draw this afternoon.

However, Lawrenson also shared why he is worried about Spurs, as he felt they didn't even show up against West Ham on Wednesday - a concerning sign for him, given that Tottenham are supposed to be challenging for the title, and can't afford any more off days.

"It's the same old story for Arsenal - they are just not good enough defensively to keep out the opposition when things are not happening for them up front," said Lawrenson. "But Tottenham's performance when they lost to West Ham on Wednesday was also worrying. The result itself was not that surprising, because I did not expect them to win at Upton Park, but the biggest problem was that they are going for the title and they basically did not turn up."

"After Arsenal went 1-0 up against Swansea, they should have gone on to win by three or four, but maybe I should not be too shocked that they didn't - because they always let you down. Both teams have got some excellent players and, if they play as well as we know they can, they are both capable of winning. But I am going to go for a draw - the result that would suit leaders Leicester down to the ground," he added.

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