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Arsene Wenger has revealed that he has had bids for Freddie Ljungberg and Jeremie Aliadiere, as well as confirming that Lauren is in talks with other clubs about a free transfer in the summer.

Explaining the Freddie Ljungberg situation Wenger said: 'You have conflicting reports because you don't read our website

'He's a player in our squad. It's as simple as that - we are not on the market to sell Freddie Ljungberg.

'We had offers, yes, but I just gave you my answer. It is that we decide to keep him.

Arsene also said that he would like to keep sAliadiere at the club after he showed his class against Liverpool in the Carling Cup.

'Aliadiere? I want him here but can I keep him happy with enough games? My big problem at the moment is he deserves to play but there's a lot of congestion in the squad.

'He's a top striker and showed that against Liverpool. I, personally, want to keep him but I won't put a knife to his throat if he's not happy here.

'I want to keep him - he's become a very strong striker and I don't want to lose him. We have had offers for Aliadiere.

'Lauren is different. He's at the end of his contract at the end of the season. I would love him to stay until the end of his contract but, anyway, he can talk to anybody and we cannot stop that.'


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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Friday January 12 2007
Time: 3:20PM

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i think we need lauren he should not leave
afghenry
12/01/2007 15:29:00
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i still think he is a better RB than Ebue and Hoyte and he defends much much better
afghenry
12/01/2007 15:33:00
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he was. we don't know how he would cope in defence after the injury.
G4L
12/01/2007 15:52:00
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Well at 29 when you get an injury like that, its hard to recover. I'd love to see him stick around, but if le boss does not think he can regain his sharpness, he is in a better position than us to make that call. Maybe he wants to leave, AW bviously wants to wait until the summer before committing him to a contract and if Ralph is not happy with that, what can we do? Freddie will be sold in the summer and we will buy Ribery, of that I am sure.
Little Dutch
12/01/2007 15:58:00
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Wenger is showing too much faith in Eboue and he also feels that hoyte has a future here, like LD said, Wenger is the best judge, but if he is to take his decision about Lauren at the end of the season, then Lauren needs to play until then to show that he's still good enough at this level..
luckys_10
12/01/2007 16:17:00
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but losing Lauren will be losing another experienced player, and if we lose Freddie too, that's too experienced players gone, and while Ribery will be a good addition to the squad, he's quite young too. we definetly need 2-3 players in the same age bracket as Gilberto, Henry and Gallas to be a real force in the next few seasons. these players are in their prime, and it will be a shame, if they dun win some major honours in the next few years..
luckys_10
12/01/2007 16:21:00
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it seems strange to wait all that time and make all that effort to recover to fitness ready to challange for the first team only to bugga off to another club..
fran merida
12/01/2007 19:23:00
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Based on today's press, I think he will leave in Jan, and not wait until September.
G4L
12/01/2007 19:31:00
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Ya it doesnt look like arsene is keen to keep lauren. otherwise he would have signed a contract extension already. it IS sad to see people go, but i guess its part of the re-building effort. like many other here, i was also wondering if its wise to let almost ALL our experienced players go, but whenever arsene's judgment has been questioned in the past, the questioner only ends up with egg in his face :).
prits
12/01/2007 20:59:00
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I reckon Lauren's time was up. Don't forget we've also got Kerrea Gilbert who's out on loan. I seriously hope Gilbert is much better than Justin Hoyte. Freddie just hasn't been the same, even last season, hope he doesn't end up playing for the spuds.
Keplaz
12/01/2007 22:11:00
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