Arsenal could risk losing Mikel Arteta if they don’t back him in the transfer market, says David Seaman

Seaman believes it's imperative for Arsenal to spend this summer
Seaman believes it’s imperative for Arsenal to spend this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

David Seaman has warned the Arsenal board that they could risk losing Mikel Arteta if they don’t give him the players he wants in the transfer market.

The Spaniard has begun to change the fortunes of his former side since taking over from Unai Emery in December.

Despite finishing outside of the top six in the Premier League for the first time in 25 years, the Gunners’ season ended on a high with their FA Cup final win over Chelsea.

Arteta has proved his ability to improve the players at his disposal, turning around the futures of the likes of Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi.

However, Gunners legend Seaman believes that if the ex-Manchester City assistant is to restore Arsenal to their former glory, he will need to be backed, and if that doesn’t happen, they could be in danger of letting a ‘great manager’ go.

‘If the board realise how good a manager we’ve got, then we really need to back him,’ the former England international told The Gary Newbon Sports Show.

Arteta won the FA Cup with the Gunners
Arteta won the FA Cup with the Gunners (Picture: Getty Images)

‘He will obviously have ideas of players that he wants to come in and who he wants to get out, but the board have got to back him.

‘Because if they don’t, Arsenal will just be doing what they’re doing. 

‘They’ve been top six, this season we’ve been top eight, Tottenham have finished above us again.

‘That’s not good enough for Arsenal and if we had lost on Saturday [against Chelsea], that’s a really bad season. 

‘But because we have got into Europe, hopefully it means players will come to us.

‘But the board need to back Arteta because he is a great manager and I am sure that if they don’t, he might not hang around for too long.’

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