Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman believes that his old club need to sign a “finished article” striker this summer similar to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who left the Emirates Stadium in January. The Gunners have also allowed Alexandre Lacazette to depart on a free transfer to Lyon, and are set to hand Eddie Nketiah a new contract at the club.
“Obviously we need to sort out the striking situation,” Seaman told TJ Sports USA. “We need a marquee signing, the finished article. We have got young strikers, we have got them in line, people coming back from loans, it’s something we need.
“I would like an Aubameyang-type player, but with a bit of a better attitude. That’s the sort of signing that we need, the finished article. Someone the young players can look at and learn off as well.”
Arsenal just missed out on top four to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur as they were pipped to a Champions League place by just two points last season. Despite the initial disappointment of finishing fifth having been well positioned to secure fourth place, Seaman insists that it was a positive season for the Gunners.
“It was an improvement,” the 58-year-old, who suffered Soccer Aid defeat on penalties on Sunday, added. “We finished eighth twice. A lot of people will just go to the negative straight away and say we threw Champions League away, but even when we were in the top four position we were like ‘Woah, we are overachieving here’, and the fact that we finished fifth and are now in the Europa League is still a really good positive. It means we will attract better players.
“Looking at it, we are more equipped to win the Europa League than we are the Champions League. We have got a more realistic chance of winning that.