The retired right-back won two Premier League titles and three FA Cup trophies during his his seasons with the Gunners and was one of the stars in Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ for the 2003-04 campaign.
Speaking about his transfer to Arsenal, Lauren told AS: “It was fairly informal.
“I met up with David Dein and Arsène Wenger on the outskirts of London. They offered me a cup of tea and we talked about football.
“I took that as their way of trying to figure me out psychologically as they already knew what I was like on the pitch. [
“Candidate for the 2000 Real Madrid presidency, Juan] Onieva made me an offer to join Madrid but it was the encouragement I got from Wenger which convinced me that Arsenal was the place for me.”