Former Arsenal defender Lauren has highlighted what his former club need to do to “guarantee” themselves a place in the Champions League.
The Gunners have been in good form in the Premier League of late. They lost to Man City in their last outing but prior to that, they won three straight games.
Arsenal sit fourth in the table but the likes of Tottenham, Man Utd and West Ham are chasing them for that spot.
Lauren is of the belief that Arsenal need to address their striker situation. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stripped of the captain’s armband last month.
The forward has not played for the Gunners since the start of December and he has been linked with a move away. Newcastle are said to be interested in him.
Arsenal are in the market for new recruits and they are reportedly keen to sign Florentina star Dusan Vlahovic.
As quoted by Caught Offside, Lauren has claimed that Arsenal need another striker to “guarantee” themselves fourth place:
“After a slow start, the team are now in a Champions League position, which is a testament to the job Arteta and his players have done over the past few months. The season is going well; I just hope it continues that way. I believe they’ll qualify for next year’s Champions League.
“If Arsenal want to increase their chances of securing a Champions League spot this season – something I believe is very important for the club – then the striker situation needs addressing.
“Either we resolve the situation with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or we bring someone in who can get ten-plus goals between now and the end of the season.
“First of all, I think it’s important to talk with Aubameyang, to try and get him back on board. If the club cannot resolve that issue, then we should be looking at another target in this transfer window, just to be sure that there is enough depth and quality at that end of the pitch.
“The midfield players have been adding goals, but they need another striker to help guarantee that Champions League place. ”
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