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Arsenal legend Adams: Lauren and I just didn't get on

Arsenal legend Tony Adams concedes he and former teammate Lauren never were friends.

Adams and Lauren were teammates for two seasons and featured in the same side that won a prestigious domestic double for Arsenal in the 2001/02 season.

Adams told The Micky & Woody Show: "I realised that the make-up of the dressing room is all different and we had a lot of foreigners come into the game in our time, different cultures and different languages.

"It's lucky I did clean up and get a bit of recovery because if I'd put that animal back into that with all those people I would have just come up against it all the time.

"We had a full-back from Africa, Lauren. He was African Footballer of the Year, an awesome player and he just didn't like me and I didn't like him but we've got to get a working relationship and luckily I had someone else to talk to that I actually worked this thing through and was able to work for myself to stay free and to go: 'Okay, this is it.'

"I'm not going to go for a cup of tea with him and we're not talking now. But at the time I needed a working relationship with the guy, I needed to interact with him, I needed to communicate with him in some way."

Discussing his disagreements with his old teammate, Adams continued: "I realised later on that his wife was having a really bad time.

"I think she was really ill and you go, 'Oh, Jesus Christ! I thought he was just a miserable so-and-so!'

"But you don't communicate this stuff and you see this guy walking around, arrogant and detached from the group, and you can come to judgements that are not true."

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