Lauren tells Arsenal to buy Luis Suarez as Giroud replacement

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The former Arsenal man believes the Barcelona star is ideal.

Former Arsenal defender Lauren has told his former club to sign Barcelona star Luis Suarez this summer, in comments to Goal.

The Gunners are expected to be busy in this summer transfer window following another disappointing season.

Chief among their thoughts appears to be a striker as they seek to solve an area of their team that has been a problem for some time.

Who they target remains to be seen, with it likely they will have to pay big money to secure the type of centre forward they need.

For Lauren, the answer is Barcelona star Suarez, not because they need his world-class talent but rather his charismatic nature.

“Sometimes a charismatic figure in the team can affect the rest of the players,” he told

“I like South American strikers - Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain- Suarez, too. He scores goals, he comes back to defend, he’s got ambition and hunger – the player has to be charismatic.”

“We need to buy a striker – I’m not saying that Giroud isn’t good enough – he’s done a good job, but sometimes you need a charismatic figure."

While a move for Suarez may sound unlikely, in reality it is more realistic than his current stature at the Nou Camp would suggest.

They are well known to be short on money this summer and could be forced to sell before they can add to their squad

That may necessitate one of the highly valued front three going and Suarez would surely be the first to go in a pick between Lionel Messi and Neymar.

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