Mark Lawrenson backed West Ham to beat Arsenal 2-0 on Monday night, when writing his regular prediction column for BBC Sport.

The Hammers play host to the Gunners in the final fixture of this weekend’s Premier League games.

Both teams are in the midst of terrible runs in the league.

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West Ham have won just one of their last nine Premier League games, whilst Arsenal are without a win in their last seven.

Nothing less than a win will do for either side at the London Stadium, so it should be an exciting game of football on display on Monday night.

And Lawrenson suggested that West Ham will beat Arsenal 2-0 in east London, when writing his regular prediction column for BBC Sport:

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“Both of these teams have got problems, but Arsenal’s away form is probably the biggest issue here. The Gunners’ defending is not getting any better either and, if West Ham turn up for this one, I think they will win. Until Arsenal appoint a manager, it is difficult to know what direction they are going in – but it appears to be downwards at the moment. Their chances of securing Champions League football for next season by making the top four are starting to look remote.”

 

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Arsenal have only won once away at West Ham since 2014, and the Hammers totally outplayed the Gunners the last time the two sides met in January.

There should be plenty of goals on Monday night. West Ham and Arsenal are fragile at the back. With so much on the line, there should be plenty of tension at the London Stadium.

And a win for either side could end up changing the course of their respective campaigns.

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