Legendary goalkeeper David Seaman has voiced his frustrations with Arsenal’s start to the season, following their 2-1 derby defeat to bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur and has revealed his sympathy with highly-rated young goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who he believes is being relied upon too much.
The Gunners latest defeat means that they have been beaten four times already this season in the Premier League – having been turned over by Liverpool, Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers also – and Seaman is disappointed by the problems currently facing Arsene Wenger and his side.
“It’s very frustrating” Seaman told Sky Sports News.
“Performance wise it wasn’t the best but the result is the most frustrating part about it. It’s a massive game for the fans. It’s really frustrating to see what Arsenal are going through at this time.
“That’s obviously showing their weakness [the fact Arsenal have conceded 16 goals in the Premier League so far this season] but you’ve got to train them and practice it.
“From what I see it doesn’t look like a lot of people know what they’re doing or know what position they’re supposed to be in.
“I’m sure it’s not like that in training but that’s what it looks like from watching in on the TV.
Seaman, a winner of three league titles and four FA Cups, believes that Arsenal need to be more focused on training defensively, just as they were in the George Graham era. Seaman is a big fan of young Polish ‘keeper Szczesny, but he believes that the 21-year-old is being given far much to do in matches than he should be.
“In 1991 we trained so much on that back four.
“Pat Rice [Arsenal assistant manager] was there so he knows what needs to be done and we trained and trained and trained and it worked, but at the moment the goalkeeper Szczesny is getting too much to do.
“He’s showing how good he is but I don’t like to see that. A goalkeeper for Arsenal normally has one or two saves a match and that’s it.
“But at the moment he’s keeping the scoreline down, not the team in it.”