Arsenal legend and former England goalkeeper David Seaman has urged the Gunners to get behind Mikel Arteta, despite seeing his former side endure a tough start to the season.
The FA Cup winners have won just four of their opening 13 Premier League games this term, with their last win coming against Manchester United at the start of November.
Despite enjoying a perfect run of results in the Europa League to carry them into the knockout stages, Arsenal‘s league form has been way below-par, with goals in particular a real issue after netting just 11 times including only three for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Such torrid form has put Arteta under immense pressure in recent weeks with questions beginning to be asked over his suitability to the role, despite initially enjoying success at the Emirates. Although the Spaniard will be fully aware that he’ll need to get results sooner rather than later, two-time Premier League winner Seaman believes that the club need to stand by their man and look to back him in the upcoming transfer windows.
“We all know how good Arsenal can be, especially the way they play with one-touch, two-touch – that is what they are known for, those hidden passes in between defenders,” Seaman told talkSport.
“At the moment it isn’t happening. It’s a massive lack of confidence. Hopefully, the [Southampton] result is going to push them on a little bit because, if I’m honest, it can’t really get any worse.
“I see him on the sidelines, I see him speaking and I know people at the training ground and they say his coaching techniques are fantastic.
“The thing is, a lot of team was under Arsene Wenger and it was under Unai Emery, so he hasn’t got his own team yet. But the club need to back him on that because we can all see that we still need players.
“We got Gabriel, okay he was stupid kicking the ball away and he looked uncomfortable all game [against Southampton], but then they have got Partey as well. You need to add to that. We need to get [Nicolas] Pepe back playing with confidence.”