Lauren reveals how Ryan Giggs made him ‘suffer’ during Man Utd-Arsenal rivalry

CARDIFF - AUGUST 11: Lauren of Arsenal in action during the FA Community Shield between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on August 11, 2002. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) Arsenal won the match 1-0.
Lauren revealed how much he used to ‘suffer’ against Giggs (Picture: Getty)

Lauren revealed he used to ‘suffer’ against Ryan Giggs when Arsenal faced Manchester United and believes one of the best games of his career came when he shackled the Welsh Wizard.

Lauren viewed facing Giggs as one of the toughest tasks during his spell at the Emirates, due to the now Wales manager’s ‘unpredictable’ nature.

But in one of his finest performances in an Arsenal shirt, the Cameroon international kept Giggs quiet as Arsenal won the Premier League title at Old Trafford in 2002.

But even though it ended as a happy day for the defender, he still ‘suffered’ at the hands of Giggs, as he always did.

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‘I mean 2001/02 was unbelievable because finally we won the league at Old Trafford,’ Lauren told Arsenal’s In Lockdown podcast.

‘I think in that game, in my opinion it was one of the best games I played in as a defender because personally I was suffering a little bit because of Ryan Giggs.

‘Giggs was unbelievable, he was one of the most intelligent players I played against because he knew the movement, he was always looking behind, he didn’t stand still, he was unpredictable.

22nd MAY 1999, F.A. Cup Final, Wembley, Manchester United 2 v Newcastle United 0, Manchester United's Ryan Giggs celebrates the victory (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)
Giggs used to make Lauren ‘suffer’ (Picture: Popperfoto via Getty)

‘Sometimes he would go inside, sometimes he would go outside, sometimes he took on players, sometimes he played one touch, two touch, so you could never guess his movement.

‘I didn’t want to anticipate, I didn’t want to stay, so I was thinking how to stop this guy.
‘I think when we finished that game it was one of my best games because I managed to find out how to cope in this position and I managed to cope against this top player.’

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