By Aramide Oladipo
Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Arsenal will come away with all three points as they face Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners appear to have hit form at just the right time, winning four out of their last five Premier League matches.
In the reverse fixture, Arsenal came from a goal behind to beat Mark Hughes’ men 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium back in December.
However, since Stoke City were promoted to the Premier League eight years ago, Arsenal have only beaten them once away from home – a 3-1 victory during the 2009/10 campaign.
Despite this, the former Liverpool defender believes that Wenger’s side will pick up a valuable win and also predicts that they’ll go unbeaten from now until the end of the season.
It meant he also had a warning to deliver to Liverpool fans ahead of their tough game against West Ham on Sunday.
“I think Liverpool will have to win their final two games of the season to make the top four, because I think Arsenal are going to win all three of theirs,” he told the BBC Sport website.
“The Gunners end their campaign with games at home to Sunderland and Everton, and I would expect them to beat both of those teams at the Emirates.”
The 59-year-old pundit believes that it won’t be easy task for Arsenal but he claims that Stoke’s recent form in the league could give the Gunners a lift going into this game.
“This is the toughest game of their run-in, but I also think Arsene Wenger’s side will win in Stoke,” he added.
“The Potters will not roll over, but I think the Arsenal fans can leave their ‘Wenger Out’ banners at home this weekend.”
Lawrenson also believes that England international Danny Welbeck could make the difference on Saturday afternoon.
The 26-year-old forward has endured an frustrating campaign with injuries but his goal against former club Manchester United a couple of weeks ago has given him some much needed confidence.