Arsenal legend David Seaman hoping for ‘big surprise signing’ before transfer deadline

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Mikel Arteta looks on during Arsenal's clash with Tottenham

Mikel Arteta has added three new names to his Arsenal squad this summer (Picture: Getty)

David Seaman has urged Arsenal to appease ‘frustrated’ supporters with a ‘big surprise signing’ ahead of what he feels is ‘judgement season’ for head coach Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners have looked to invest heavily in their squad this summer after an immensely disappointing Premier League campaign, with Arteta’s men finishing outside of the European places down in eighth last term.

Left-back Nuno Tavares, 21, and midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, 21, were the first new players through the doors at the Emirates, arriving from Benfica and Anderlecht respectively last month.

After returning from international duty, England and Brighton defender Ben White followed the young duo to north London and there will be weighty expectations on the 23-year-old’s shoulders given his hefty £50million price tag.

Ben White looks on in Arsenal training

White completed a £50m switch from Brighton to Arsenal last month (Picture: Getty)

And while Arsenal have already spent in excess of £70m on the young trio, Seaman is hoping another unexpected piece of business could be wrapped up before the transfer deadline.

‘If it’s not a good start, I think things will change really quickly because the fans will let them know and they’re not happy,’ the legendary ex-Arsenal and England goalkeeper said on his Seaman Says podcast.

‘You go on Twitter and look at the comments about Arsenal and all the fans are frustrated at the lack of signings. Lots of people supposedly coming but nothing ever happens.

‘It would be great for us to just get a big surprise signing that we haven’t really heard about just to settle the fans.

‘We’re supposed to be getting certain people and it just doesn’t happen. The Ben White move took forever to go through.’

David Seaman looks on during the Nations League draw

Seaman is hoping for a ‘big surprise signing’ at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Seaman believes Arteta has been given ample time to begin delivering on the promises he made when he took over the reins as Arsenal manager back in December 2019.

‘We’ll see with Arteta because this is his judgement season,’ he added.

‘I feel he’s had his time to get his players in as much as he can, he’s had quite a bit of time coaching the players he’s got and getting them to play the way he wants and we’ll see.

‘It’s a big season for Arsenal, this one.’

Mikel Arteta looks on in Arsenal training

Arteta’s side finished eighth in the Premier League table last season (Picture: Getty)

Addressing the media ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League opener with Brentford, Arteta insisted anything was possible before the transfer window closes.

‘Anything is possible and there are still a lot of things to be done and a lot of clubs involved,’ the Spaniard told reporters.

‘You can see that the ball starts to roll at a different speed in the last week or so. It’s been a really difficult transfer window and probably a lot of things will happen in the last week or so.

‘It’s how deals develop and sometimes something that is not possible to do on the 12th of August is possible to do on the last day. Whether you are happy bringing the player in or not I think is more important.

He added: ‘We have owners that are willing to invest in the team and they want to get the team better and with bigger aims,” he said.

‘We are trying to find a balance because at the same time we need to be really careful. We need a financial position that is sustainable and healthy for the club.

‘It’s been really busy. We are talking about the most difficult transfer market in this industry over the last years for sure, and we are trying to adapt.

‘The club, the owners and myself, we all have the same interest, which is to make this team much stronger. We know we still have things to do to get what we want.’


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