LONDON. — Arsenal legend David Seaman has warned the anti-Arsene Wenger brigade to be careful of what they wish for. And the former England goalkeeper predicts a Manchester United-style unravelling if the French coach leaves the club. Seaman hopes his former manager, who celebrated 20 years in charge of the club in October, will ride out the current storm.
The ex-Gunners keeper is a big fan of the under-pressure Wenger – but admits it’s been a turbulent month for the 66-year-old.
The north Londoners won their last match at Everton, but fans are still reeling from FA Cup and Champions League defeats — and a small section are demanding a change at the top.
“I’m so fed up of all this negative stuff about Arsenal,” said Seaman. “A change at the top? Not for me. I’m a massive fan of Arsene.
“Let’s see what happens at the end of this season. Let’s see what’s gone wrong and then sort it out.
“But, for me, he’s been brilliant. I worked with him for about seven or eight years and he was fantastic. I would stick by Arsene. I’ve always said that and I haven’t reason to change my mind.”
During his time at Arsenal, Seaman won three league titles, four FA Cups, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
He knows the club have not won the English Premier League title for 12 years, but he insists they are not dead and buried yet.
Seaman acknowledges the veteran manager has come in for flak from some sections of the Gunners support — and that a banner calling for him to step aside is often displayed at home games.
He said: “It’s frustrating. We get to this stage of the season quite a lot with Arsenal and we tend to lose out.
“Over the past few seasons, at this time of the year, they’ve struggled a bit. They’ve got to rectify that. They’ve got to prove they can do it.
“It was a tough draw to get Barcelona in the Champions League. They’ve got a tough run-in in the league, but, if Leicester and Tottenham drop points, then who knows?
“Confidence is my advice. Just believe in what you can do. They’ve shown what they can do. They show it season in, season out. It’s going just that little step further and pushing over the winning line. I don’t know what it is, but it’s something special that a team needs to win the league. It’s hard.”
Seaman feels there could be a post-Fergie scenario awaiting Arsenal if Wenger were to leave in the summer.
Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired from football, Manchester United have lurched from one managerial crisis to the next. Former boss David Moyes was shown the door in 2014, after only 51 matches in charge. Then Ryan Giggs stepped in to oversee the final games of a disastrous campaign. — The Mirror.