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David Seaman fires warning to Arsenal star about fuelling injury fears

Gunners legend David Seaman was furious at one Arsenal player in the Bournemouth game and urged him to “pack it in”

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Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has called on Bukayo Saka and other Premier League players to refrain from exaggerating injuries during matches.

Saka, aged 22, was subjected to a harsh challenge from Ryan Christie during Arsenal’s recent 3-0 victory over Bournemouth. Despite the forceful tackle, Saka managed to continue playing after receiving treatment.

The challenge, which left Saka visibly in pain and with a gash on his shin, initially infuriated Seaman, a revered figure among Arsenal fans. However, upon reviewing the tackle in a replay, Seaman’s opinion shifted.

Speaking on the Seaman Says podcast, he remarked, “When I saw the tackle, straight away I was like, ‘That’s a red card!’ He went over the top of the ball but then caught him on his knee and then dragged it down his shin.”

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“[But] it wasn’t even a yellow card. I know the VAR can’t give him a yellow card, they can only deal in reds,” Seaman added, expressing frustration at the lack of disciplinary action taken against Christie.

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Seaman further criticised Saka’s reaction to the tackle, urging him and other players to desist from theatrics on the field. “He needs to refrain from constantly signalling his distress because that gesture typically indicates to the physio bench that you’re in serious trouble,” Seaman emphasised.

“It’s not just Saka; I’ve seen a lot of other players doing it now. That was always the signal that you’re really hurt so that they can get ready really quickly to get on as soon as the ref signals to them.”

Seaman’s comments come amidst ongoing debates surrounding player behaviour and sportsmanship in football, with calls for fair play and integrity on the pitch.

Despite frustrations over the lack of disciplinary action against Christie, Arsenal fans found solace in their team’s comprehensive victory. The result sees the Gunners leading the Premier League standings by two points ahead of Manchester City, though Pep Guardiola’s side still maintains a game in hand over their title rivals.

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