Arsenal have placed themselves in a hard position over the future of midfielder Aaron Ramsey, according to Wales legend Dean Saunders.
Other leading clubs will be alerted by the news - Chelsea were previously interested - and a player who was named in the team of the tournament at Euro 2016 will also attract interest in Europe.
With more than 300 games in the red and white kit, Ramsey is Arsenal through and through, having joined 10 years ago as a teenager from Cardiff City. Unai Emery clearly signed players such as Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi for a reason, and with Granit Xhaka possibly on his way out next summer as well, it could open up the chance for the two youngsters to move into the double-pivot role on a permanent basis.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: "I don't actually think much has changed about Arsenal under Emery - they are a good side, but they were a good side under Arsene Wenger, just not one of the best three teams in the country".
"I respect his decision to play or not play with the national team", Emery said of Ozil, who retired from global football after the World Cup.
They add Ramsey was chasing a contract worth £200,000-a-week - which would provide parity with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but still be some way below German ace Mesut Ozil. I consider each player's space important in the squad.
It has been a major U-turn on the club's part as Ramsey has been keen to stay and he was being touted as a future Arsenal captain. "I've said it once: I would love to someday play in La Liga, at one of the greats".
'In the football years I know the same situation.
Arsenal could be forced into selling the player during the January transfer window if they want to avoid him leaving for nothing.