David Seaman explains why Arsenal are not holding on to leads


The former Arsenal stopper would like to see more leadership in the middle of the park.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has been trying to identify why the side are unable to hold on to leads and see out games at times this season.

The Gunners threw away a 3-0 lead against Anderlecht in the Champions League, and most recently were on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea City, after Alexis Sanchez had given Arsenal the lead.

There have been several theories, including injury and suspension problems to the defence, as well as the side not being disciplined enough in the middle of the park, and Seaman is quick to shun any suggestions that it is a goalkeeping problem with Wojciech Szczesny.

He told TalkSport: "Wojciech is coming off his best season last season with Arsenal and I don’t think that anybody warrants taking his place because he is not making mistakes.

“Arsenal are conceding goals, but it is not through goalkeeping errors that they are conceding.”

Some were pointing out that at key stages in the game, a lot of Arsenal midfielders were getting ahead of the play even when they were leading the game in the latter stages, and Seaman thinks that a lack of a steely, experienced midfielder to help control the game when they go in front could be part of the problem.

He added: “They have not got anybody in the team at the moment that can grab a game and think, right, we are 2-0 up or 3-0 up, let's sit in front of the back four, see ten minutes out so we don't concede a goal, and then push on from there. We used to do that with Patrick Vieira. Tony Adams or I would say, 'Patrick, just sit in front of the defenders for ten minutes'.

"You would think someone like Per Mertesacker would be good enough to do that because he has got tons of international experience. I don’t know how vocal he is in a game or how the other players are, but [Mathieu] Flamini looks like the only one doing it at the moment."

Next up for Arsenal is a clash with Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening. They host a side that has yet to win an away game this season, but possess plenty of attacking threat. That kind of threat can hurt the Gunners if they don't see the game out adequately and if they commit too many men forward if they get their noses in front in the game. 

This weekend's game will be a good test for Arsenal, and to see if they have learned their lessons of previous disappointments in recent weeks.

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