Well Arsenal have let yet another experienced player go in Lauren and he has decided to join Portsmouth. I wasn’t surprised he stayed in England because he’s been here for 7 years and is settled now – and Pompy is a better choice than West Ham or Charlton!
And just like Pires, Vieira, Edu, Parlour, Wrighty and Seaman when they moved clubs I wish Lauren all best for the future.
When I first heard about Lauren possibly moving on I was surprised but then Wenger has been building this new team for the last couple of years and Lauren just wasn’t a part of it.
It’s sad when players like Lauren and Pires leave the club because they have given everything and contributed so much to our recent successes.
It’s easy to look back and remember previous successes.
But times change quickly and move on in football.
You sometimes lose sight of the future in football especially when it’s all about winning and playing good football here and now but we are now looking at Wenger’s new team and they are more than capable of emulating the team of previous years.
Players move from club to club all the time but Arsenal have the habit of buying players who stay loyal and become a part of the club.
Lauren was one of those and I will be giving him a warm welcome the next time Portsmouth grace the Emirates turf.