Portsmouth's Lauren defends Arsenal youngsters

Portsmouth fullback Lauren has jumped to the defence of his former Arsenal teammates.

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The Cameroon ace told the Mirror: "People think I would be happy at what happened to Arsenal this season but that is not true.

"They are still a great club and Arsene Wenger is still a great coach. It is just a shame players such as myself and some of the others were not still at the club to help the young players to win things.

"Sometimes when you are making changes you have to be careful not to take away too much. I felt I was still able to contribute to the team.

"When you have experienced the highs and lows we went through and when you have competed against Chelsea and Manchester United in the past it helps you in difficult situations not to lose your head.

"If you look at Manchester United they have some great young players but they also have men who have been there for many years to help them through."

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