Image: Arsenal legend confirmed as training with the players at London Colney

Charles Watts has confirmed that David Seaman has been involved in helping to train at Arsenal’s London Colney training complex.

The Gunners legend spent 13 years at the club during his playing career, initially joining in 1990 and helping us to win a number of trophies, although it seems a little unfortunate that he left in the summer before we went onto win our famous Invincibles season in 2004.

Pictures emerged of Seaman with Aaron Ramsdale at London Colney, and Watts has now confirmed that he had been invited by Per Mertesacker to help out in training of late.

Should we look to give Seaman a permanent role within our goalkeeping staff?

Patrick

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4 Comments

  1. Val says:

    This is good news Seaman was a top player for us and a top pro, very humble guy.

    He can only help those young guns grow as keepers
    I hope it works out and he becomes a permanent fixture in our coaching set up

  2. Indian Gunner London says:

    Excellent news. Now just bring in M Keown for defence and Ian Wright for finishing.

  3. Joe. S says:

    Good to see. The man is a legend with his feet on the ground. Someone the younger players can respect and be inspired by.

  4. pjennings says:

    Yes @Val, it’s great news, but frustrating. At the end of David Seaman’s playing career, he was always going to be Arsenal’s next goalkeeping coach, taking over from Bob Wilson. To obtain your goalkeeping badge to be a goalkeeping coach, you have to first sit for your coaches badge. Seaman baulked at that. He had no interest whatsoever in sitting for it. I had to do the same here in Australia. Someone of Seaman’s calibre and experienced in football should not have been expected to take that route. Sitting for his goalkeeper’s coaching badge yes,,, but not the other. Not only was David Seaman highly successful at Arsenal, he took over from Peter Shilton as England’s number one goalkeeper. Was no novice in representing England,,, 70 odd international full caps. For his services in football he was awarded an MBE. Goes to show @Val, it’s easier to get an MBE than to obtain a goalkeeping coaches badge. That will explain why you don’t see many ex great goalkeepers as head goalkeeping coaches at football clubs today. Obtaining your level 4 and 5 out field badge is highly technical. It involves sports medicine, ridiculous diets for sports people, team management and much much more. It’s also very expensive. When I did it (many moons ago), it cost $15,000. I didn’t pay for it, the club I was with footed the expenses. That’s the money rorting UEFA for you. Not only does one becomes a goalkeeping coach, you also become a qualified/certified professional manager. There is no logic to it. But it’s great to see David Seaman back at Arsenal. The young goalkeepers will learn so much valuable advice from the Great Safe Hands David Seaman

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