David Seaman slams Arsenal star for putting ‘everyone on edge’ vs Aston Villa | Football

Oleksandr Zinchenko had a poor game as Arsenal lost to Aston Villa (Photo: Getty)

Oleksandr Zinchenko was singled out for criticism by David Seaman following his poor performance in Arsenal’s defeat to Aston Villa.

Two late Villa goals stunned Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday and dealt a huge blow to their chances of winning the Premier League.

The Gunners started the weekend top of the table but now they and Liverpool are two points behind Manchester City who are the firm favourites for the title with just six games to go.

Mikel Arteta’s side had been imperious in 2024, winning nine and drawing one of their 10 Premier League games, but they just weren’t at the races against Villa, with the manager’s team selection coming under heavy criticism.

But it was a player who has been a mainstay for the club who Seaman felt let his teammates down, saying on the Seaman Says podcast: ‘Watching Zinchenko in that left back position, I know he likes to go into midfield, but sometimes he gives the ball away in really important positions.

‘He got caught out a couple of times and that puts everybody on edge.’

There are some who think the title race is over now, and if that is the case all of Arsenal’s hopes will be pinned on the Champions League, with a trip to Bayern Munich up next on Wednesday.

Arsenal FC v FC Bayern München: Quarter-final First Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24

Arsenal have to bounce back from the Villa defeat to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League (Photo: Getty)

The quarter-final tie is poised at 2-2 following the first-leg and while Seaman is hopeful, the legendary Arsenal keeper is fearful a negative result could trigger a bad run of results.

He added: ‘It’s frustrating because we had a great chance of really pushing, but it’s just one game.

‘I can’t hear anybody singing yet, so let’s move on and get on with the rest of the games. There’s a massive game against Bayern and we’ll see what happens with that.

‘My only fear, and I’ve talked about it all the time, is if we don’t get the right result against Bayern the next game is against Wolves and that could be tricky.’

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