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Lauren Factfile
Name Lauren
Born January 19, 1977
Place of Birth Londi Kribi
Position Defender
Squad Number 12
Previous Club(s)Previous Club(s) Utrera
Sevilla B
   Real Mallorca
Joined Arsenal May 30, 2000
Arsenal Debut Sunderland (a)
August 19, 2000,
Lost 1-0

12.  Lauren

Lauren is Arsenal's Mr Reliable, a tough-tackling defender and a valuable outlet on the right flank with the versatility to fill in at left-back or in midfield if required.

One of the Club's most experienced players, Lauren has won two Premiership titles and three FA Cups during his six years at Arsenal. He has also earned a reputation as a nerveless penalty taker, netting vital spot-kicks in two North London derbies and another in the 2005 FA Cup Final win over Manchester United.

Lauren, who retired from international football in 2002, underwent knee surgery in January and has not played since. His return to action will further bolster Arsenal's right-back options in the wake of Emmanuel Eboue's emergence and Justin Hoyte's return from a loan spell.

My Year


Lauren made his long-awaited return to fitness in December and but for the fog on Merseyside, the Cameroonian defender would have made his first appearance since January in the Carling Cup clash against Liverpool. Arsène Wenger didn't rush him back into Premiership action but a January return does seems likely.


Lauren must be counting the seconds until his return. The Cameroonian defender is still recovering from a knee operation he underwent in January but is expected to resume his career in the New Year.


Another frustrating month for Lauren as he continued his fight back from knee surgery. Unfortunately, the Cameroonian defender suffered a setback when it was confirmed he will not return to first-team action until January — a full year since his operation.


There was no action for Lauren in September as he continued his rehabilitation from knee surgery in January.


Lauren missed the entire month through injury as he continues his recovery after knee surgery.


Lauren was sidelined for the entire month as he continued his recovery from knee surgery.


The Cameroonian right-back missed the entire month of April with a knee injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season.


The Cameroonian right-back missed the entire month of March with a knee injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season.


The Cameroonian right-back missed the entire month with a knee injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season.


Lauren was booked in his first appearance of the month against Man United before starting the win over Cardiff. The full-back was rested at Wigan before returning against Middlesbrough. He illustrated his versatility by switching to left-back for the games with Everton and Wigan before an injury sustained in the latter of those two games ruled him out for the remainder of the month.


Lauren illustrated his versatility in December, filling in at left-back due to the enforced absence of Ashley Cole, Gael Clichy and Pascal Cygan. He played in that unfamiliar role against Ajax, Newcastle and Chelsea, forcing a good save from Petr Cech when the champions visited Highbury. Lauren sat out the trip to Doncaster in the Carling Cup before ending the month with typically solid performances against Charlton, Portsmouth and Aston Villa.


Lauren appeared in every Premiership and Champions League game and only missed the Carling Cup win over Reading. He started four times and came on as a second-half substitute for Pascal Cygan in Thun, taking up an unfamiliar position at left-back. Typically hard-working and consistent, Lauren continued to perform well while leaving others in the team to grab the headlines.

Latest Lauren News Headlines
Date Article
18 January 2007 Lauren departs Arsenal for Portsmouth
12 January 2007 Wenger - Lauren will be allowed to leave
11 January 2007 Adebayor returns to squad for Blackburn
19 December 2006 Lauren - I am the happiest man at Arsenal
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Season 2003 - 04
Competition Apps Gls
League 30+2 0
Europe 8 0
FA Cup 5 0
League Cup 1 0
Com. Shield 1 0
Total 45+2 0
Season 2004 - 05
Competition Apps Gls
League 32+1 1
Europe 7 0
FA Cup 4 0
League Cup 0 0
Com. Shield 1 0
Total 44+1 1
Season 2005 - 06
Competition Apps Gls
League 22 0
Europe 5+1 0
FA Cup 1 0
League Cup 1 0
Com. Shield 1 0
Total 30+1 0

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