Wenger prepared to let Lauren leave

January 12, 2007

Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will allow full-back Lauren to leave Arsenal.

The former Cameroon international has been linked with a move to West Ham recently and while boss Wenger insists he is unaware of where the right-back is headed, he has announced the 29-year-old will be released should he agree a move with another club.

'The problem is that since Lauren got injured I have Justin Hoyte who got promoted, I have Emmanuel Eboue who got promoted and I have Johan Djourou who can play in there too,' Wenger told the club's website.

'It's always the same. You make room for young players and then it is difficult to leave them out again. I feel we have too many players in that position now.

'Lauren is free to talk to anyone because it is the end of his contract but frankly I don't know if he has spoken to West Ham. He doesn't have to inform me if he wants to speak to anyone.'