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Lauren explains why Arsenal can’t challenge for the Premier League under Arsene Wenger

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After a rocky start to the season, it appears Arsenal are getting back on track. 

The Gunners lost their second and third Premier League games, to Stoke City and Liverpool, but have since won six of their last seven games. 

They're now up to fifth in the league table, level on points with Chelsea who are a position above them and just one point behind third-placed Tottenham. 

Things are certainly looking up for Arsenal and fans are beginning to once again fully back their side and manager Arsene Wenger. 

Over the last couple of years, the French boss has been a figure that divides the clubs fans, with some wanting him to stay and others wanting him to leave. 

Arsenal have struggled to challenge for the Premier League in recent times and with competition now so tough, many fans wanted Wenger replaced last summer.

Earlier this year he signed a new deal until 2019, meaning those that wanted Wenger out will have to suffer through at least one more season with him at the helm.     

Although the latest run of results have been promising for the team from north London, one club legend believes Arsenal have no chance of winning the league under Wenger. 

Stoke City v Arsenal - Premier League

Lauren, who made 242 appearances between 2000 and 2006, was a big part of the 'Invincibles' side that won England's top division without losing a game during the 2003-04 season. 

But the right-back, who knows what it takes to be successful at Arsenal, has given three reasons why the current crop won't be able to challenge for the title this year under Wenger.

"The first is that he [Wenger] doesn't have those seven or eight players who are fighting for him," the former Cameroon international told the Mirror

Lauren

"The second factor is that there are so many teams looking to win the league - five or six of them. And the third factor is that - with all my respect - we miss something in the dressing room.

"We miss something that drives teams to win and challenge for the Premier League - some leadership from inside."

It's hard to argue with Lauren. The team appears to lack fight on the pitch far too often and if that wasn't bad enough, at least two of Arsenal's most senior players, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, are looking to leave the club at the end of this season.

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

With that in mind, serious changes will have to be made at the Emirates if the Gunners are ever going to challenge for the Premier League again.

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