I'm trying to figure out how to say unsurprisingly; I know that 果然 generally implies that you expect that something is going to happen, but in some contexts I'm not entirely sure if it is most appropriate. For example, if I asked a friend if I could go with him and his family to dinner, I would like to say
"John, unsurprisingly, said "of course""
Would this be
John 果然 说 “当然可以”。 or is there a better way to imply this?