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LON­DON- Ar­se­nal leg­end Lau­ren be­lieves there are three ma­jor fac­tors that are likely to prevent the club from chal­leng­ing for the Premier League ti­tle this term.

The Gun­ners have over­come an earl­y­sea­son wob­ble af­ter win­ning six of their last seven matches in all com­pe­ti­tions to lift them to within six points of the top-flight sum­mit.

How­ever, Lau­ren - who was part of the Gun­ners’ ’In­vin­ci­bles’ side who went the en­tire 2003/04 Premier League season un­beaten - does not rate his for­mer club as ti­tle con­tenders this term, pri­mar­ily due to three key fac­tors.

“The first is that he [Wenger] doesn’t have those seven or eight play­ers who are fight­ing for him,” he told Mir­ror Foot­ball.

“The sec­ond fac­tor is that there are so many teams look­ing to win the league - five or six of them.

“And the third fac­tor is that – with all my re­spect – we miss some­thing in the dress­ing room. We miss some­thing that drives teams to win and chal­lenge for the Premier League – some lead­er­ship from in­side.

“Nowa­days, peo­ple are not fight­ing for the so­lu­tion, they are not fight­ing for the flag, fight­ing for the whole in­sti- tu­tion. I’m talk­ing about peo­ple in gen­eral, not just Ar­se­nal. Peo­ple are more self­ish and look­ing more for in­di­vid­ual suc­cess, rather than for the whole club.”


Ar­se­nal leg­end Lau­ren ques­tions Ar­se­nal’s 2017/18 Premier League ti­tle cre­den­tials.

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