Arsenal urged to re-sign Alexis Sanchez and end his Man Utd nightmare by club icon Lauren

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ARSENAL should re-sign Alexis Sanchez this summer, according to former defender Lauren.

Sanchez, 30, has endured a torrid time since moving to Manchester United last January in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Alexis Sanchez would be welcome back at the Emirates if he made the return, according to Lauren
Alexis Sanchez would be welcome back at the Emirates if he made the return, according to Lauren
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But despite his poor form, Cameroonian Lauren, 42, reckons a return to the Emirates could be the best bet for the Chilean forward.

The Invincible said: “Sanchez is a top player and top players are always welcome at Arsenal.

“If Unai Emery could get him back mentally because it has been a while without him playing, then he could be a good addition.

“It depends if he is the kind of player that Unai would enjoy having at Arsenal.”

Arsenal have been linked with signing a new defender this summer, with Samuel Umtiti, Kostas Manolas and – most recently – Jerome Boateng all linked.

But Lauren praised young French talent William Saliba and suggested he would make a fine signing for the Gunners.

The former Arsenal man added: “It’s not my duty but I think that the team looks very good and the people working at the club will know where we need to invest.

GUNNING FOR GLORY

“Yes, he looks a very good player. Strong, tall, can come out of the back with the ball and an international for France.

“He reads the game very well, which is important for a player at the back, you have to anticipate and he looks very good at just 18, so the future is bright!”

Arsenal wrote his name in Arsenal’s history books as a crucial member of the unbeaten title-winning side in 2003/04.

And he has remained a Gunners supporter ever since, so is rooting for the club in the Europa League final against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Lauren knows the two sides are very evenly matched but Arsenal arguably need the win more to secure Champions League football – and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette could prove the difference.

He said: “I think it’s a 50-50. I hope it goes to Arsenal because it would mean a great year for the lads because it’s a long time without winning this trophy and it would put the team through to the Champions League, so I hope it goes to Arsenal!


“I think it will be key on Lacazette and Aubameyang playing, the way they have throughout the Premier League and in the semi-final, with Lacazette coming in to the middle – he understands the game, not only scoring goals, but he understands what the team needs.

“He comes in to the middle, links in with the midfield players. Aubameyang gets in the positions where he can take on the centre backs, and if they are at their best, Arsenal have a strong chance of winning the Europa League.

“If you’re playing in the Champions League, you’ll have more budgets, more options of who to sign if Emery needs to buy and reinforce some areas of the team.”

The full-back was part of the Invincibles side of 2003/04 and remains a fan of the Gunners
The full-back was part of the Invincibles side of 2003/04 and remains a fan of the Gunners
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He believes if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are on form come Wednesday, Arsenal will win the Europa League
He believes if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are on form come Wednesday, Arsenal will win the Europa League
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