David Seaman sets target for Arsenal’s season after dismal Wolves defeat

Arteta's nine-man Arsenal side slipped to defeat against Wolves on Tuesday
Arteta’s nine-man Arsenal side slipped to defeat against Wolves on Tuesday (Picture: Getty Images)

David Seaman believes Arsenal should be targeting a top-five finish this season and wants to see Mikel Arteta’s side producing more consistent performances.

The Gunners’ tally of 14 points from their first 14 Premier League games this term was their worst start to a top-flight campaign in 46 years.

Arteta’s side had begun to turn their fortunes around, however, their seven-match unbeaten run in the league was brought to a halt by Wolves on Tuesday night.

Leno was sent off for handling the ball outside of his box (Picture: Getty Images)

David Luiz and Bernd Leno were both sent off as the Gunners slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Molineux, which has left them in 10th place in the table after 22 games.

Despite their rollercoaster of a season so far, Arsenal legend Seaman feels a top-five finish is still the target for his former side.

‘It certainly is the target, European football, it’s going to be top five,’ Seaman told Sky Sports. ‘That is the main aim now. The position we’re in now is not acceptable, we all know that.’

‘We’ve been even lower than that, no other than a certain Mr [Roy] Keane was loving that situation.

‘The target is definitely top five, but it’s to get more consistent performances.

‘We’re doing it in flashes at the moment, we were on a terrible run then we went on a good run, now we’ve had a couple of defeats. 

‘We need to be more consistent but with a little bit more quality as well.’

The Gunners face a quick turnaround for their next Premier League outing which comes against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday.

With Leno suspended for one match following his bizarre red card for punching the ball away outside of his box against Wolves, Arteta is sweating on the fitness of backup goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

The Australia international was recruited in January to provide cover alongside the faltering Alex Runarsson but missed the clash at Molineux due to a hip injury.

‘He had a muscular issue and in the last two days he hasn’t been able to train,’ said Arteta. ‘Hopefully we can get him back in the next few days.’

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