Mikel Arteta praised for Arsenal revival as legend David Seaman tips Gunners for top-six finish despite relegation talk
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are gunning for the top-six after bouncing back from being tipped for a relegation battle.
That’s according to club legend David Seaman, who has praised the manager for leading the north London club’s comeback and resurgence following their dreadful start to the season.
Arsenal recorded their worst start to a league campaign since 1974/75 as they managed just four wins and two draws from their opening 14 games.
The club headed into the Christmas period all the way down in 15th, just four points above the bottom-three and pressure was mounting on Arteta amid calls the Gunners – who were suffering a crisis of confidence – were set for a relegation fight.
But the horizon has looked brighter since the festive season, with Arsenal claiming three straight wins to lift the gloom and lift the club to 11th ahead of Thursday night’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace.
A home win against the Eagles will see the Gunners climb to within just four points of Tottenham in sixth, and only six points of the top four.
And Seaman is amazed by the team’s turnaround given how badly they were playing only a month ago, and says the club’s young talent have lifted the rest of the team.
“It’s remarkable,” the former goalkeeper told Thursday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“You wouldn’t have believed that if you looked at the way the team were playing only about a month ago.
“They were playing with zero confidence, they could hardly pass it to each other, but now, what a change!
“It’s great to see, they’re playing with confidence again and the young players are doing very well.
“I think Arsenal have got away with it a bit, because they would have had fans booing them, and trust me there would have been fans booing them with the performances they were putting in before.
“But now it’s totally different, we’re getting the experienced pros back and they’re starting to play well and that’s encouraging the youngsters, and everything is looking good.
“People were talking about a relegation fight, even Roy Keane spoke about it, but now they can seriously look at the top five or six.
“It’s a tricky game, Palace can be dangerous, especially with Wilfried Zaha, and he’ll obviously be wanting to prove a point, saying ‘why didn’t you sign me and why didn’t you bring me to the club’, because Arsenal is where he wanted to go!
“But Arsenal just need to keep doing what they’re doing, keep progressing, going up the league and winning games – that leads to success.
“And when you watch Arsenal, they’re playing with so much confidence now. We all know they’ve got quality, they’ve got quality all over the pitch, and that quality playing with confidence can be dangerous.”