Arsenal legend David Seaman has described three transfers the Gunners need to bounce back from a ‘very disappointing’ season.
David Seaman has urged Arsenal to prioritize moves for a decent defender, midfielder, and a ‘more consistent attacking player’ this summer.
The former Gunners goalkeeper also has sympathy for under-fire manager Mikel Arteta. He believes the Spaniard hasn’t been able to build his own squad yet, leaving him to make the best of a difficult situation.
But back-to-back eighth-place Premier League finishes, a trophyless campaign last term, struggles for consistency, and failure to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years has left Seaman disappointed.
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“When you look at last season, finishing eighth, it’s very disappointing,” Seaman told the Daily Mail. “It’s something that needs to be changed.
“I feel a little bit sorry for Arteta because he’s not got his own team yet, or his own squad. He’s inherited players from previous managers. But he’s got to coach those around him to get the best out of them.
“We saw with winning the FA Cup and then the Community Shield, I would call those bonuses because that season wasn’t very good either.”
Seaman knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level. The Englishman won 13 major honors in a glorious 13-year spell with Arsenal, including the European Cup Winners’ Cup and four FA Cups.
The two-time Premier League winner added: “It’s the consistency that’s the problem.
“All of a sudden we beat Liverpool and Chelsea, then we lost to lower teams. That’s his biggest problem.
“Do we need players? Yes, we do. I still feel that the spine of the team isn’t strong enough. They need a good defender and midfield player. We need a more consistent attacking player.”