Wenger: Lauren was one of the best.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed former Gunner Lauren, describing him as one of the best in his time.

“He was, for me, one of the best full backs in the world,” the boss told Arsenal Player. “Not only because of his quality but he was a character, a real character. He was scared of nobody and when you needed the nerves you could count on Lauren.

“When he arrived here I had many discussions with him as I needed to convince him that he can become a right back and an outstanding right back. For a while, because he was a strong character, he didn’t accept it.

“Suddenly he understood that and I think that in Lauren and Ashley Cole, we had the best two full backs in the world.”

Lauren was a member of the invincibles that went an entire Premier League season unbeaten. They Played 49, Won 36, Drawn 13, Lost None between May 2003 and October 2004.

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