You would think that former players have that little bit more insight than the average fan but time after time they show that is not always the case and former Arsenal legend David Seaman is a classic example of that.
Seaman is of the opinion that Arsenal should make a move for Burnley reject and former England number one Joe Hart as a back up to Bernd Leno.
Speaking to Football London the former Gunner said this,
‘I think they should be trying to get a more experienced keeper in as [Bernd] Leno’s number two,’ Seaman said.
‘I know they’ve got some really talented young keepers in Emi Martinez, Deyan Iliev, Matt Macey and Arthur Okonkwo, but I just think they could do with an older number two. Those lads are real talents but they’ve not got an awful lot of experience at the top, top level.
‘It would be a big step for them to come in and be Leno’s number two in the Premier League after being on loan or playing for the U23s.
‘I don’t think they need someone like Schubert as Leno’s number two either – why not look at Joe Hart or Jack Butland as a number two? ‘They have loads of experience. That’s the sort of quality they should be looking at as the club’s number two at the moment.’
Absolutely not, Hart is exactly the sort of keeper that Unai Emery should not be looking at.
The main reason that Pep Guardiola offloaded Hart when he took over at Man City is that he is basically useless at playing out from the back, the exact type of football that Emery has introduced at Arsenal.
You would have thought that Seaman would have known this but clearly, he does not.
Also, what sort of message does that send to our other keepers? If Seaman got his way when would our back-up keepers ever be given an opportunity to shine?
It makes no sense to keep on buying experienced back-up keepers regardless of their competence and totally ignore your own stable of keepers.
Seaman was a legend for us but on this occasion, he is very wrong. Joe Hart should never be an Arsenal player, he is simply not good enough and cannot play to our style and I would have far more confidence in Martinez or Macey.