David Seaman says Arsenal’s players have been “getting away with murder” since the end of last season. Mikel Arteta is under pressure heading into Saturday’s game against Norwich, but Seaman believes players must take their share of the blame for the Gunners’ worst ever start to a Premier League season.
The visit of Daniel Farke’s side has become a must-win game for Arsenal after Arteta’s side lost their opening three league games without scoring a goal.
Defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City have increased the scrutiny on the manager, who has led Arsenal to successive eighth-placed finishes.
Norwich have also lost all three of their league games so far, but sit one place above the rock-bottom Gunners by virtue of having scored one goal.
And Seaman believes Arsenal fans will turn if their team loses to the Canaries – but said the players must take their share of the blame along with Arteta.
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“The players haven’t turned up, even towards the end of last season,’ the former Arsenal and England goalkeeper told talkSPORT.
“I know Arteta was getting a lot of stick but the players weren’t turning up and I was like, ‘hang on, these guys are getting away with murder’, because there’s not a lot being said about them and they’re not performing to their best.
“I went to the Chelsea game and I was like, ”oh God they’re way ahead of us at the moment’.”
Seaman added: “This is where we are at the moment and it’s a massive game now.
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“I’m glad it’s at home because if it was away it would be a really tough game.”
Seaman said the first goal would be crucial at the Emirates on Saturday as two teams desperate for a win face each other.
“The pressure of the fans at the Emirates will tell,” said the three-time title winner. “There will be some major pressure going on if Norwich do score first.
“They’ve got to turn up this weekend, it’s a massive game and I fear the worst if we get beaten, because the fans will turn. They’re not happy with two seasons of finishing eighth, it’s nowhere near good enough.”
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