Wenger must win a trophy to silence his critics, insists ex-Arsenal keeper Seaman

By Joe Strange

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Arsene Wenger's critics will only stop when Arsenal win a trophy, former Gunners goalkeeper David Seaman has warned.

The north London club are currently in the midst of a nine-year drought, having not won a trophy since lifting the 2005 FA Cup.

Some fans have called on Wenger to be sacked in recent seasons but Seaman, who played under the Frenchman, believes he is still the right man for the job - providing he wins some silverware.

Backing: Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman (right) believes Arsene Wenger (left) must win a trophy to silence his critics

Backing: Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman (right) believes Arsene Wenger (left) must win a trophy to silence his critics

Frustrated figures: Lukas Podolski (left) and Tomas Rosicky (right) argue after Arsenal's Champions League exit to Bayern Munich

Frustrated figures: Lukas Podolski (left) and Tomas Rosicky (right) argue after Arsenal's Champions League exit to Bayern Munich

Repeat performance? Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring the winner in Arsenal's 1-0 victory against Tottenham earlier this season

Repeat performance? Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring the winner in Arsenal's 1-0 victory against Tottenham earlier this season

Seaman told the Sunday Mirror: 'Arsene Wenger is brilliant. When I was there he was brilliant and he still is brilliant.

'They just need to get one trophy and then it shuts everybody up. And then Arsenal can push on.

'But it’s getting that first one. It’s not easy. He’s got to win something and the fans are desperate.'

Arsenal go into Sunday's north London derby with Tottenham looking to haul themselves back into the title race having lost 1-0 to Stoke in their last league fixture.

The Gunners currently sit seven points behind leaders Chelsea but they could cut that gap to just a single point should they beat local rivals Spurs and win their game in hand.

Seaman, who won two Premier League titles under Wenger, believes his former side should not be written off just yet.

Prepared: Wenger takes his Arsenal side to White Hart Lane for a north London derby with Tottenham on Sunday

Prepared: Wenger takes his Arsenal side to White Hart Lane for a north London derby with Tottenham on Sunday

Glory days: Seaman lifts the 2003 FA Cup with Arsenal team-mate Fredrik Ljunberg (right)

Glory days: Seaman lifts the 2003 FA Cup with Arsenal team-mate Fredrik Ljunberg (right)

Up for the cup: Mesut Ozil scores in Arsenal's FA Cup quarter-final victory against Everton earlier this month

Up for the cup: Mesut Ozil scores in Arsenal's FA Cup quarter-final victory against Everton earlier this month

He said: 'We’re still doing OK in the league. People are writing us off but if we can hold it together we have a chance. This team deserves it.

'They’ve been through a lot and they know what it means to Arsenal to win the League. They’ve just got to take it that step further. They’ve got to win a trophy – any trophy.'

 

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We have got the Emirates Stadium and that is better than any trophy you can imagine. Really, those fans who are demanding for the head of Arsene Wenger should remember the lesson of David Moyes at Man United.

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if arsenal doe not win the fa cup this season ... wenger should be sacked.

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People have been saying that for the last 5 years

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In Arsene we the majority of Arsenal supporters trust. You are free to worship David Moyes

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Some fans have called on Wenger to be sacked in recent seasons but Seaman, who played under the Frenchman, believes he is still the right man for the job - providing he wins some silverware.>>>"Providing he wins some silverware?.......Eight seasons and that equate to 32 official silverware to win....NONE won!...Silent the critics?

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Winning the fa cup would be a great start for a new era, but even then every arsenal fan knows that everyone will still be slating arsenal and degrading the importance of the fa cup

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We are still challenging for a trophy and i really hope we win the FA cup, but even if we did win it people will still find something to moan about. As long as the fans are happy with our direction then what does it matter to anyone else?. We have done better than last season and have had to deal with injuries since the start of the season as well. My dad has supported Arsenal for 60 years and he has gone through worse than 9 years without a trophy. So I'd rather listen to him than listen to the media or people who like to see our club suffer.

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"As long as the fans are happy with our direction then what does it matter to anyone else?" ... Good point, but do you believe Arsenal fans are happy ?.

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Ok are you an Arsenal fan? Because after todays result I'm very happy :)

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Go home DM ua drunk wit ua anti Arsenal

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They will start very simple by sayin now the pressure is on to win the league if they win FA

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9 years.....

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53 years

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53 years

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I expect the daily trophy drought story, but two in one day. Really! Do you not think your alleged journalistic skills would be better employed by writing new stories rather than rehashing old ones.

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We'll win the quad!

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