Arsenal great Lauren believes his former club has to win the Europa League, and then try to reach its former glories.
The north Londoners have struggled strongly in the Premier League under Mikel Arteta’s tutelage this season, as they sit firmly at mid table.
They are, nevertheless, in the semi finals of the Europa League, where they take on Villarreal and old boss Unai Emery.
Winning the competition means Champions League football next term.
“The table says that Arsenal are a long way behind,” said Lauren, per the Daily Mirror.
“But I think the team in some periods, they play brilliant games, play very good football and have some outstanding young players.
“Bukayo Saka is absolutely brilliant, Emile Smith-Rowe can play any position, he plays it simple, makes the right pass at the right moment. Bukayo doesn’t rush his game.
“But those two players and the other young players need other big players to fulfil their potential and they need the team to progress.
“If they want to catch up, they have to make a real effort to build in the long term with more top players. You can’t compete with Manchester City, Chelsea, if you want to win the league you have to fight with the same weapons.
“You can’t win the league against City when they have De Bruyne, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Gundogan, they’ve got so many top players in their squad. You have to build and try to catch them.
“You need to play the Champions League every single year, that will give you the tools and ability to attract those players in order to win the league. Honestly, we are one step behind Manchester City, Chelsea or even Liverpool. Unless you have the tools, then you can’t win the league.”