Arsenal ‘could be cut adrift’ in Premier League if they continue to focus on the cups, warns legend David Seaman… but he backs Mikel Arteta and urges the board to let him bring in his ‘own team’
- Arsenal lie 11th ahead of their Premier League clash with Leeds on Sunday
- The 2020-21 league campaign is yet another write-off already for the Gunners
- They’ve won four FA Cup’s – including last season’s – in the last seven years
- David Seamen wants Mikel Arteta to take Arsenal’s focus back to the league
David Seaman has advised Mikel Arteta to steer Arsenal’s focus back onto the Premier League or risk being left behind, insisting FA Cup triumphs are not enough.
The Gunners last secured a top-four finish back in 2016 but have fed their supporters the consolation of two FA Cup victories since, masking their steady slide to Europa League obscurity.
The north Londoners lie 11th in another campaign to forget, except there will be no breadcrumbs in 2021 after Mikel Arteta’s were dumped out of both England’s domestic cups.
David Seaman has urged Arsenal to prize their focus away from cups and back to the league
The Gunners lifted the FA Cup against last season, masking another below-par league season
Mikel Arteta’s side are 11th in the Premier League and in danger of falling behind their rivals
Arteta is making steady progress at the Emirates and Seaman is keeping full faith in the Spaniard, but the former goalkeeper realises it’s time to start regaining ground on Manchester United, Chelsea and Co.
‘He definitely needs to be given more time. He is slowly sifting through the squad, getting rid of players he knows he doesn’t want,’ the Gunners icon told the Sun.
‘The board need to back him in the summer window and he needs his own team. The players he has currently, a lot of them he has inherited so it is difficult for him at the moment.
‘From what I see and hear he is the right man and he gives me confidence. I’d be disappointed if they did sack him, we have got a good one.
Gunners legend Seaman firmly believes the Spaniard is the man to take his old club forward
Seaman was part of the side that lifted Arsenal’s first title in seven years in 1998 under Wenger
‘The team’s focus has changed towards the cups with the league out of reach but it’s a dangerous game to play if you want to end your bad league form. You can’t just turn it on for the cup.
‘You have to start building confidence in the league or you could be cut adrift.’
Seaman experienced his own drought in N5, with the Gunners going seven years without a top-flight title after their 1991 First Division success.
They sunk to fifth, 10th and even a 12th-place finish during that spell, mirroring the modern side by keeping fans on-side with League Cup, FA Cup and a Cup Winners’ Cup victories.
Arsene Wenger came in and roared Arsenal back to the top in 1998. Fans are hoping Arteta is the man to emulate his old boss.
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