Legendary Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has told talkSPORT that Arsenal’s players are getting away with murder, and it’s time for them to turn up this weekend against Norwich.
Seaman was Arsenal’s number one between 1990-2003, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups as he sealed his place in the club’s history books.
However, things aren’t quite at the same level for his former Gunners side, who have got off to their worst ever league start and sit rock bottom of the table with zero goals and zero points from three games.
Manager Mikel Arteta looks under serious pressure for his job ahead of this Saturday’s clash with Norwich at the Emirates Stadium, which will be live on talkSPORT 2 from 3pm.
When the subject of Arsenal was brought up by talkSPORT Breakfast host Ally McCoist, Seaman joked quickly: “It’s a bad line, mate, I can’t hear you!
“My friends have been saying to me it’s a six-pointer,” the legendary shot-stopper said of this weekend’s meeting with the Canaries, the side one place above Arsenal in the table in 19th.
“This is where we are at the moment and it’s a massive game now, I’m glad it’s at home because if it was away it would be a really tough game, the pressure of the fans at the Emirates will tell.
“There will be some major pressure going on if Norwich do score first.”
Despite sitting bottom of the league, Arsenal haven’t exactly had it easy with two of their opening three games coming against title contenders Chelsea and Manchester City – losing 2-0 and 5-0 – in which Seaman wasn’t expecting much.
“Arsenal haven’t turned up so far this season,” said the former England No.1 “To be fair they’ve had two really difficult games.
“The Brentford game [a 2-0 defeat on the opening day] was a real disappointment but the other two you were expecting maybe a draw at best, especially when you see the difference in their squads and the way that they’re playing.
“I went to the Chelsea game and I was like, ‘oh God they’re way ahead of us at the moment.’”
Arteta currently leads the Premier League sack race with odds of 4/9 with former Chelsea, Inter and Juventus manager Antonio Conte the bookmakers’ favourite to replace him.
Seaman, though, believes that Arsenal’s players are just as responsible as the coach for their current demise.
“The players haven’t turned up, even towards the end of last season,” he explained.
“I know Arteta was getting a lot of stick but the players weren’t turning up and I was like, ‘hang on, these guys are getting away with murder’, because there’s not a lot being said about them and they’re not performing to their best.
“They’ve got to turn up this weekend, it’s a massive game and I fear the worst if we get beat, because the fans will turn. They’re not happy with two seasons of finishing eighth, it’s nowhere near good enough.
Arsenal spent £149million this summer on the likes of Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale, the most of any Premier League side, and Seaman believes there’s no excuses left.
“We’re at that point now where the board have chucked some money at the team and the squad,” he said.
“They’ve put their money where their mouth is and it’s time for the players to do the same.”
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