Date: 23rd January 2008 at 12:21pm
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Lauren insists that we have not seen the best of him and there is plenty more to come – as he told The News: ‘I am back in the team and although I feel a lot from my best I have to take it step-by-step.

‘I will get better if I keep playing and not getting any injuries, people will be able to see that.

‘The fans haven’t seen the best of me yet, I just hope I can continue to play and then I can get to my level.

‘I am enjoying it but you think you can do more, that’s how I feel.

‘I can do much more, better passes and getting forward. I will get used to that.

‘My time at Portsmouth has been frustrating. You try to get by and then you have massive problems with injuries over and over again.

‘I played a few games over Christmas, which has helped me. Now with one or two more games I will get to my best, definitely’.

As he says his time with us so far has been severely hampered by a series of injures – he just cannot seem to get a run of games going, then Glen Johnson returned last summer and is now the first choice right back.

Lauren played in a right midfield role against Derby at the weekend, and although he did ok he is not the answer we are looking for in this area and although he offers more defensively I think that at this point in time Franck Songo’o would offer more attack wise, so hopefully he will get a game at the weekend? My thinking is that both could play with Johnson rested anyway?

Harry Redknapp seems content to use Johnson and Lauren on the right, if this carries on being the case it seems to make much more sense to push Johnson forward in a midfield role and play Lauren at right back… I think this will offer us much more offensively and we will not lose anything defensively, arguably gain more strength – despite the fact that Johnson has improved immensely as a defender this season.

Lauren is a fantastic footballer, all his years at Arsenal prove this and whilst you do not become a bad footballer overnight my own thinking is he is nowhere near the player he was and the injures have taken their toll on him to be honest.

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