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Mark Lawrenson predicts Arsenal vs Crystal Palace result

Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he expects Arsenal to win fairly comfortably when they face Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Monday.

The clash at the start of next week, of course, pits Patrick Vieira against his former club.

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But the Eagles are also set to face the form team in the Premier League. No side can match Arsenal’s haul of 10 points in their last four games.

The results have seen Arsenal start to ascend up the table. Palace meanwhile, have only managed to take two points from their last three fixtures.

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It has been an interesting start for Vieira. Palace’s only loss in the last five came against Liverpool.

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And their victory was a 3-0 win over Tottenham at Selhurst Park. So it seems incredibly difficult to call how they will get on against the other North London side.

But Lawrenson believes that Arsenal are playing too well for Palace right now.

“I like the way Crystal Palace have come together under Patrick Vieira, and their pressing playing style is very effective too,” he told BBC Sport.

“This is a big moment for Vieira, who is taking his new team back to his old club. He will get a great reception but Arsenal are on a roll and I think they will create enough chances to win this one quite comfortably.”

Arsenal would prove further point with victory over Crystal Palace

Arsenal have shown some much-needed resilience in recent weeks. They fought particularly hard for the win at Burnley.

Meanwhile, they managed to earn a point at Brighton despite being well short of their best on the south coast.

More of their summer signings are finding their feet with the Gunners. And Mikel Arteta’s vision is arguably becoming clearer.

There is still plenty of work ahead for Arsenal. Many were left disappointed with their showing against the Seagulls.

But a win against Vieira’s Palace side would be a further step in the right direction for the Gunners.

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