Arsenal favourite Lauren has claimed Tottenham have “no chance” at winning the Premier League title this season.
The former Cameroon international enjoyed a trophy laden spell in north London, winning two titles, including the Invincible season in 2003-04.
In total, he made almost 250 appearances for the Gunners during his seven-year star and remains a popular figure among supporters.
And that fondness looks set to continue, with Lauren suggesting Arsenal ’s rivals are merely an afterthought in this season’s title race.
Spurs have had the bragging rights in the capital in recent seasons and sit five places and six points ahead of Mikel Arteta’s men at present.
The win over Sheffield United over the weekend, left Tottenham just a handful of points behind the pacesetters at the halfway point.
Despite that, Lauren believes their only aspirations are in securing European football next season.
“This season is going to be tight,” Lauren told Genting Bet. “ Liverpool will be there and I’m surprised at how well Manchester United have recovered but I believe that Manchester City will win the league.
“They are slowly climbing positions in the league. The quality is there and at the end of the day when you have a squad with top players in your team, the easier it is to win things.
“I believe that the end of the year, they will be there and I think they will win because Liverpool have dropped now.
“They have dropped and are not comfortable and in the last games they lost heavily when you didn’t expect them to lose. They have dropped a little bit and they are not the same Liverpool as last year.”
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As for Spurs, he added: “Tottenham have no chance of winning the league.
“They will be there in the European places and maybe even Champions League positions but I cannot see them winning the Premier League.”
Lauren’s assessment peculiarly matches Jose Mourinho’s, with the Tottenham manager suggesting his side do not possess the staying power to compete for the title.
Speaking at the end of last year, he said: “We’re not even in the Arsenal Invincible Lauren backs up Mourinho with “no chance” Spurs dig race so we’re not a horse. We’re a pony.”
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