Exclusive: Arsenal legend David Seaman on Wenger, injuries and the Gunners top four chances
Arsenal legend David Seaman is backing his former boss Arsene Wenger to continue at the north London club after a turbulent 2014 which could potentially see Arsenal miss out on Champions League football for the first time under the Frenchman.
“He'll be offered the new contract, it's whether or not he wants to sign it.” Seaman, who is supporting Football Shirt Friday due to take place on Friday 11th April, told Football.co.uk.
“He's a great guy and I wouldn't say a bad word about him because I know how good he is and what you find is that people who have worked with him know how good he is.”
The former Arsenal shot stopper, who made 405 appearances for the club believes the Gunners still have it all to play for, despite their recent poor form which has seen them drop to 4th in the Premier League and go out of the Champions League to last years winner Bayern Munich. But with an FA Cup semi-final against Wigan on the horizon, Wenger could yet make a success of the 2013/14 season.
“They've still got a lot to play for, they've got the FA Cup semi-final coming up and they're favourites now.”
“If you look at the other teams in it, you would expect Arsenal to win, but it's the FA Cup and it's a strange competition, having won it four times I know!”
Many fans will point to Wenger's decision not sign a striker during the January transfer window as a key factor in their teams post-Christmas slump, although Seaman thinks that a number of injuries to first team players are the real reason for Arsenal's hampered Premier League form.
“I think you have to take into account the five major injuries they've had.”
“When you look at the players that have been injured, they are players that would have been in the team every game and any squad struggles to cope with that, so it's not like they haven't got excuses, when you've got major injuries to the first names on your team sheet, and that's hard to cope with.”
“But lets wait and see what happens at the end of the season, see what they've done, see if they've won anything, that's when you can really start to judge them.”
David Seaman was launching Football Shirt Friday in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund, supported by Ladbrokes. Wear your football shirt to work on Friday 11th April, and donate £2 to make Bobby proud. For more information, visit footballshirtfriday.org.
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