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Arsenal legend Lauren has backed the Gunners to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season under incoming manager Mikel Arteta.
The Gunners have won just five of their 17 league fixtures so far this term to sit tenth in the table – seven points below the top-four – ahead of Saturday’s clash with Everton.
But Arsenal hero Lauren insists his former club are capable of climbing up the table under Arteta, who is expected to be unveiled as the new manager this week.
Former Gunners midfielder Arteta has flourished as Pep Guardiola’s assistant since 2016, helping Manchester City win back-to-back Premier League titles.
Lauren told 888sport: ‘Arteta has been an important figure for Arsenal. The captain. ‘He played a lot of good football for us and I wish him all the best if the appointment happens. I hope he can get Arsenal back to winning ways.
‘There are many points still to play for until the end of the season. ‘It’s not easy because the position right now is not the best but with the many, many points left there is a possibility of top four for sure.
I believe they can make it. Why not?’ One of the few positives for Arsenal this season has been the emergence of Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli, who has scored eight goals in 16 appearances for the first-team.
Lauren has been impressed by the teenager’s performances and says Arsenal fans should be buoyed by his progress at the Emirates. ‘Martinelli shows personality.
He shows character,’ Lauren added. ‘Arsenal fans should be optimistic because the youngsters are coming up and showing a lot of quality and also a lot of ambition. Martinelli takes on players and he has that kind of hunger that we need.
‘This guy has a lot of quality, he is quick, and most importantly he has the mentality to be fighting for everything. ‘That is very important for a youngster to have that.
They might have the technical ability but they also need the mentality and ambition to win things. I like him.’ On Saturday, Arsenal face an Everton team who are still only three points above the relegation zone despite their revival under caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson.