David O’Leary Says He Recommended Seamus Coleman to Arsenal

David O’Leary Says He Recommended Seamus Coleman to Arsenal

Seamus Coleman scored his first goal of the season against Arsenal on Tuesday night, but the Republic of Ireland captain could have been playing for the Gunners had things gone a little differently, according to David O’Leary.

Younger generations probably know him best as the manager of Leeds United and Aston Villa, but during his playing days O’Leary became a bona fide Arsenal legend and is still the club’s all-time record appearance holder.

You’d imagine his opinion still holds some sway in the corridors of power at the Emirates, and speaking on RTE’s 2FM, O’Leary has revealed that he recommended that his former club sign his younger compatriot Coleman.

Speaking via, O’Leary is quoted as saying: “Seamus Coleman has been as good a full-back as anyone for a long, long time.

“I was trying to push him Arsenal’s way but we had a young lad coming through, Bellerin.

“I can’t believe a few years ago, particularly when Fergie went, Man United [didn’t sign him]. I thought he was absolutely spot on for Manchester United, the way they want to play, the way the lad plays.

“There’s not many in Europe better than him in my opinion.”

Arsenal might well have Hector Bellerin at the moment, but should they still have went after Coleman? And is O’Leary correct to say that Manchester United should have made a move too?

Let us know in the comments section below…


In this week’s show, Daniel is joined by editor Jonny Boyle as they talk about Celtic’s unbeaten run, hard hats, strikers, Mark Warburton’s Plan B, Malky Mackay at the SFA and much more.

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