Seaman backs Wenger for Chelsea job: “He’d be great there”

MONACO, MONACO - FEBRUARY 18: Arsene Wenger winner of the Laureus Lifetime Achievement award signs the wall during the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards on February 18, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for Laureus)

Arsene Wenger would make a great manager for Chelsea and could be tempted into taking the job to prove critics wrong, says Arsenal legend David Seaman.

Since calling time on his 22-year rein in charge of Arsenal last summer,  Wenger has been linked with many high-profile managerial vacancies across Europe.

Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have all been mentioned as possible destinations.

Despite announcing plans to return to football management in January, however, Wenger remains out of work and doubts have begun to sink in on whether the 69-year-old will actually make his comeback.

Speaking at the Laureus Sport for Good presentation on Sunday at Monaco, Wenger admitted his future remains uncertain while discussing Aaron Ramsey’s transfer to Juventus.

But Seaman, who played under Wenger at Arsenal for seven years, believes his former boss would make a great candidate for the potential managerial vacancy at Chelsea.

Despite a promising start, Maurizio Sarri’s tenure in charge of the Blues is reportedly on the line following their recent setbacks which last saw them exit the FA Cup at the fifth round at home to Manchester United on Monday.

The pressure is really beginning to build on Sarri at west London with reports in England suggesting that his Chelsea future hinges on their next three games against Malmo FF in the Europa League, a Carabao Cup final with Manchester City and a London derby with Tottenham in the Premier League.

“Arsene always said he wouldn’t come back to the Premier League because of his love for Arsenal, that he wouldn’t feel right competing against Arsenal,” Seaman told talkSPORT.

“But obviously time’s a healer and he could think, ‘I want to go back there and prove a few people wrong’.

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“For me, Arsene got a lot of criticism that wasn’t deserved over his last few years at Arsenal.

“It looks like there could be a vacancy at Chelsea quite soon, depending on their next three games which are three big games for Chelsea.

“He’d be great there, I think. He’d be great anywhere, he’s a fantastic manager.

“I would love to see him back, but I don’t think it would happen.”


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