Premier League: Arsenal's Arsene Wenger must stay, says David Seaman
Arsene Wenger remains the right man to manage Arsenal, according to club legend David Seaman.
By Peter Fraser - Follow me on Twitter @SkySportsPeteF
Last Updated: 05/04/14 10:52pm
Arsenal's long-serving boss has come in for criticism as the Emirates Stadium outfit face a battle to stay in the Premier League's top four ahead of Sunday's tough trip to fifth-placed Everton.
There has also been no sign of Wenger signing a contract extension beyond the end of the season, which has led to speculation the Frenchman could be heading for the exit.
But former England goalkeeper Seaman, who won two league titles and three FA Cups with Wenger at Arsenal between 1996 and 2003, thinks that would be a mistake.
"He is definitely still the right man for Arsenal without a shadow of a doubt," Seaman, who is supporting Football Shirt Friday due to take place on Friday 11th April, told Sky Sports.
"People who have worked with him realise how good he is. There are not many people who have worked with him who have a bad word to say about him and that shows how good he is."
One of the negatives targeted at Wenger has been a suggestion that the 64-year-old has lost the ability to stay at the cutting edge of football, as was the case when he revolutionised the English game following his arrival in the mid-1990s.
But Seaman thinks a crippling injury list over recent months containing key men of the likes of Aaron Ramsey - who could return at Everton - Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny is more to blame for Arsenal's disappointing second half of the campaign.
"He brought in a whole new way of football to Arsenal and he will not just sit back on that," said Seaman of Wenger. "He will be doing new stuff.
"You cannot go into the end of the season with five of your main players out injured and not expect it to have an influence on results. It is a tough time."
Seaman, though, would like to see Arsenal spend in the summer transfer window to strengthen their squad after witnessing the influence of Ozil following the playmaker's club record £42.5million arrival from Real Madrid in 2013.
"The impact that Ozil had on the team showed that signings can make a difference," said Seaman. "If they just add one or two players of that quality, then who knows where they will go."
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.