Arsenal: David Seaman fears AC Milan will derail Europa League hopes

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  • David Seaman says Arsenal will find it tough against AC Milan in Europa League
  • Arsenal face the Serie A giants in the Round of 16 amid a Premier League crisis
  • They have a ‘great chance’ to win the Europa League if they beat AC Milan 

Amitai Winehouse For Mailonline

David Seaman has doubts over Arsenal’s capacity to win the Europa League after they were handed a tough draw against AC Milan.

The Gunners are looking for a possible route into the Champions League and after their humbling defeat against Manchester City on Thursday evening, they are 10 points behind fourth spot.

As a result, there have been questions over whether they should refocus and concentrate on the Europa League, which comes with a qualification berth for the winner. 

Arsenal will face a stern test of their Europa League credentials against AC Milan

Arsenal will face a stern test of their Europa League credentials against AC Milan

Arsenal will face a stern test of their Europa League credentials against AC Milan

David Seaman was speaking at the London Football Awards at Battersea Evolution on Thursday

David Seaman was speaking at the London Football Awards at Battersea Evolution on Thursday

David Seaman was speaking at the London Football Awards at Battersea Evolution on Thursday

But facing the Italian giants is something that the former Arsenal goalkeeper believes might scupper them.

Asked whether Arsenal can win the Europa League, Seaman said: ‘I’ll tell you after the Milan game. If we can get through that, then we’ve got a great chance. But that will be a difficult game.

‘We found out that if you can get a good run in the Europa League it’s not too bad. We’re a long way from that at the moment. We’re quite a few points away from fourth. I think that’s going to be out of our reach.

‘So we need to have a great performance against Milan.’ 

Seaman believes Wenger will keep his position as Arsenal manager for at least another season

Seaman believes Wenger will keep his position as Arsenal manager for at least another season

Seaman believes Wenger will keep his position as Arsenal manager for at least another season

Despite the potential failure to qualify for the Champions League for the second year running, Seaman is confident his old boss Wenger will remain in the job.

He continued: ‘I do think he’ll still be there next season, unless the board step in or something. He’s signed a two-year deal. Just off one bad result, it doesn’t change anything. If the club want to change, it’s down to the club.

‘There’s always this criticism of Arsenal because they haven’t won the league for a long long time.

‘But if you look at the teams on Sunday, or you look at Man City, Man United and Chelsea, they’re pulling away from us. We’re finding it hard to compete with them financially.

‘Okay, you can compete with them on the pitch but financially they are going to get the better players.’

David Seaman was speaking at the London Football Awards on March 1, in aid of national charity, Willow. Londonfootballawards.org




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