One area for which Arsenal don’t have to recruit is the position of keeper. Reliable German ace Bernd Leno is the No.1 choice without doubt ahead of next season given that Petr Cech called time on his career after the Europa League cup final defeat to Chelsea.
Coach Unai Emery’s Gunners were comprehensively outgunned by their London rivals who chalked up a 4-1 victory in Baku to add to the Blues’ Champions League qualification, secured by finishing third in the Premier League standings.
There is no such top table for Arsenal to dine at next season and instead they will have to make do with a second-tier strand of Euro football in the Europa League, complete with Thursday night games and a disrupted league schedule with plenty of Sunday matches.
So, while the custodian berth is taken care of, it would appear fitting that David Seaman, one of the greatest keepers in the Gunners’ rich history, has called on the club’s hierarchy — ultimately billionaire owner Stan Kroenke — to hand Emery a decent figure with which to attract a clutch of top players.
Ex-England hero Seaman, who made 564 appearances and won eight major trophies after signing for the North London outfit from QPR in 1990, said:
“There have been two transfer windows that have gone by and he’s had nothing. The board need to back him or otherwise we are going to be left further behind.”
He added that the cup final defeat to the Blues came after a decent opening half but fell flat thanks to poor defending., something which, he says, has been the case all season.
With players such as Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Shkodran Mustafi all said to be on their way out of the club, Seaman says the backline is the priority for the Spanish coach.
“Poor defending has been a hallmark of the season. It’s something that has needed addressing for three or four years now, so it’s frustrating. With Arsenal’s performance, it was same old, same old, so frustrating. It just shows how much work Emery has to do.”
While the defence needs to be rebuilt, it is at the other end of the pitch that sees Arsenal showing interest in terms of recruitment. According to tabloid reports, the Gunners are keen on landing Valencia winger Ferran Torres, a Spain under-19 international. He has dazzled in terms of displays this season – he has made 37 appearances — and caught the eye in the second leg of Valencia’s semi-final against the Gunners earlier this month.
Arsenal are said to have baulked at the £80million Crystal Palace want for Wilf Zaha and are far happier with the £25million be asked for Torres if a sell-on clause is included in any contract.