Mark Lawrenson predicted a draw between West Ham United and Arsenal on Sunday, when writing his regular prediction column for BBC Sport.

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The Hammers have been in fine form of late despite defeats against both Manchester clubs.

The Gunners seem to have found some form as well although they did lose at home to Olympiacos in the Europa League last night.

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West Ham manager David Moyes has worked wonders since taking over at the London Stadium for the second time back in December 2019.

The Scot has transformed us from relegation fodder into contenders for the Champions League places.

Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has done a fine job at the Emirates as well although inconsistency has undermined the North London outfit’s campaign thus far.

A win for West Ham would see us jump level on points with fourth placed Chelsea. An Arsenal victory would see Arteta’s side storm back into contention for the top four.

Mark Lawrenson makes West Ham vs Arsenal prediction

It really is a huge game for both sides.

Lawrenson thinks the Hammers and the Gunners could cancel each other out at the London Stadium on Sunday:

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“This feels like a big game for West Ham, as a test of their top-four aspirations, and I think the underlying message from their manager David Moyes will be ‘let’s not lose it’. All his side need to do is stay in the mix. Moyes did not quite get the balance right last week when West Ham lost at Old Trafford, so he might tweak a few things to ensure they offer more of a threat. It will be interesting to see how Arsenal approach it too. They were attack-minded against Tottenham last week, and were rewarded with the three points.”

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

In truth, that scoreline would do neither side any good.

West Ham desperately need all three points with tough matches against Wolves and Leicester to come after the international break.

If we are to finish inside the top four this season, a win again Arsenal is an absolute must.

Let’s hope Lawro has got this one wrong eh!

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