Wenger insistant over Lauren
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal have shown respect to defender Lauren.Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal have shown respect to defender Lauren over their contract offer to him.
The Gunners have offered the Cameroon full back a one-year deal, but Lauren is far from happy with this.
Lauren wants to remain with Arsenal, but admits he could leave if the offer is not improved.
"We have tried to extend Lauren's contract but, at the moment, we have not found an agreement," said Wenger.
"I understand where he's coming from and I can understand his position. I don't think it [a one-year contract offer] shows a lack of respect.
"In these kind of negotiations, I respect Lauren and I respect highly his spirit.
"But you have to respect the positions in both camps and I prefer it when negotiations are secret and you come out when it is agreed or not.
"When things are made public, it is much more difficult."
Wenger is seemingly intent on not handing Lauren a long-term deal, possibly with the thought that youngster Justin Hoyte and new Ivory Coast signing Emmanuel Eboue could emerge as first team regulars over the coming 12 months.