David Seaman eager for Arsenal to end trophy drought

Last Updated: 21/04/14 1:27pm

David Seaman told Soccer Extra he's desperate to see his former manager Arsene Wenger win the FA Cup and take it back to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

The North London outfit have a golden opportunity to end their nine-year trophy wait when they meet Hull in the Wembley showpiece on May 17 and former England goalkeeper says success would be a great toast to the Frenchamn's influence at the club

"Wenger went in there and changed everything; he changed the way we played, the way we trained, the way we ate and stretched, he built the stadium and the training ground."

David Seaman

Seaman, who won the FA Cup four times with the Gunners - including three under the tutelage of Wenger- said: "I'm so desperate for him to win a trophy and take it to the Emirates because for all he's done, it would be so great to see him there with one.

"He's gone in there and changed everything; he changed the way we played, the way we trained, the way we ate and stretched, he built the stadium and the training ground.

"He been such an influence at Arsenal and you can't imagine them without him but it's going to happen one day."

Recovery

Arsenal were in the running for the Premier League title until a torrid two months, kick-started by a 5-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield in February, left them in a battle for the fourth Champions League spot with Everton.

However, despite the disappointment of slipping from the summit of the top flight, Seaman, who won two Premier League titles with Wenger, says a fourth-placed finish for his former side, coupled with an FA Cup win, would be a good season, considering the injuries suffered by key players this term.

"They'll look back at the season and say, 'right, we started it really well, two thirds of the way through we were still playing really well and top of the league most of the time', then they got the injuries," said Seaman, referring to spells on the sidelines for Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

"I'll always say you can't justify having five of your key players out. You can't recover from that.

"The fans are going mad now, but considering they were eight minutes from going out in the semi-finals [of the FA Cup] and then won on penalties.

"Then Everton slipped up against Palace, which we never thought would happen, now we're back in it, it's in our hands again.

"They've been without a trophy for eight or nine years now - to win one, that shuts everybody up."

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