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Arteta’s Arsenal look to have blown their chances of a top-four finish (Picture: Getty Images)

David Seaman says Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is still ‘the right man’ for the job despite the Gunners’ poor end to the season.

The north London side were in the driving seat in the race for the top four, until a costly defeat to Newcastle United on Monday evening.

That result means Tottenham go into the final day of the Premier League season in fourth spot, leading the Gunners by two points.

The Spaniard signed a new contract with the club earlier this month

The Spaniard signed a new contract with the club earlier this month (Picture: Getty Images)

Unless Antonio Conte’s side suffer a surprise defeat to relegated Norwich City on Sunday, they will secure Champions League football for next season.

Although Arsenal look set to miss out on the top four for a third successive campaign under Arteta, Seaman is backing the Spaniard.

‘I still feel that Arteta’s the right man,’ the Arsenal legend, who occupies an informal coaching role at his former club, told the Seaman Says podcast.

‘I see what he does in training, his coaching methods and the intensity, passion and quality that he’s got. The demands he makes on the players are really high and for me, the team is getting better.

‘They need be top five again [by Christmas], they need to be going for Champions League.

‘It’s going to be difficult for them to be challenging for the Premier League because of the gap from Liverpool and Man City.

‘They need to be challenging, if they’re not, no matter who is the manager at Arsenal, there would be questions asked.

‘They need to be in a position to go for Europe. Europe should be the main aim every season, at least. If we’re not top five then there will be a lot of questions asked.’


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