Ex-Gunner makes bold claim about Riyad Mahrez and Arsenal
Arsenal don't need to sign Riyad Mahrez this summer, according to Lauren
Lauren has claimed that Arsenal do not need to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City this summer.
The north London side have been touted as a possible destination for the PFA player of the year should he opt to leave the Foxes this summer.
Mahrez was one of the standout players in the Premier League last season and helped Claudio Ranieri’s men win the title in style.
However, former Arsenal defender Lauren – who was a member of the club’s famous unbeaten team in 2003-04 – feels that Arsene Wenger’s side have enough attacking talent in that position.
Speaking in an interview with the London Evening Standard, Lauren said: “Mahrez is not needed at Arsenal.
“He is a very good player, but how many similar players in terms of technically proficient, creative midfielders and wide-men do Arsenal have already?
“They have Mesut Ozil, they have Jack Wilshere, they have Aaron Ramsey, they have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, they have Theo Walcott – Arsenal don’t need Mahrez.
“Arsenal have always had dynamic players – but they need to change that style a little bit, maybe be a little more direct, with more aggressiveness, and determination – which means players with a different style than Mahrez can offer.”
Arsenal finished second in the Premier League last season and came in for criticism for failing to maintain a title challenge as they ended up 10 points behind champions Leicester City.
The Gunners have not won the title since Lauren was still playing for them in 2004.