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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 June, 2003, 08:21 GMT 09:21 UK
Seaman to join Man City
David Seaman
Seaman ended his Arsenal career on a high
Manchester City have confirmed that David Seaman has agreed a one-year contract to join the club.

City manager Kevin Keegan was known to be on the trail of the out-of-contract Arsenal and England goalkeeper as a replacement for Peter Schmeichel.

Keegan worked with Seaman when he was coach of the England team.

After 13 seasons with Arsenal, the 39-year-old was told by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger he would not be first choice next season - although he was offered a one-year contract with the promise of a place on the club's coaching staff.

"I have given this move an enormous amount of thought and I honestly believe that the time is right for me to move on to a new challenge," Seaman told Arsenal's website.

"I want at least one more season of guaranteed first-team football in the Premiership and honestly feel I am as fit as I have ever been."

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Seaman, who played his 1,000th club and international match last season, is two months older than Schmeichel.

His last game for the London side was May's FA Cup final when Arsenal beat Southampton 1-0 with Seaman - captain for the day - making a stunning save in the match's closing stages.

Wenger admitted he did not want Seaman to leave the club, but was fulsome in his praise for the Arsenal stalwart.

"David is an Arsenal legend and deserves only the highest recognition for everything he has achieved for both club and country over the past 13 years," he said.

"He is an outstanding professional and to lose someone of his calibre is a great loss to the club.

"I, like many of our supporters, did not want David to leave but of course I respect his desire to play regular first-team football and wish him every success in the future."

City chairman John Wardle told www.mcfc.co.uk: "I am over the moon that David has signed for City.

David is one of football's true professionals
City chairman John Wardle
"With his vast experience he could not be a better replacement in goal following Peter Schmeichel's retirement.

The reaction to the surprise signing was not entirely positive though.

"This one is a worry," said club fanzine editor Dave Wallace.

"When Peter Schmeichel came in last summer the idea was that he would either bring on Carlo Nash and Nicky Weaver or we would get someone for the longer term.

"Instead we are bringing another older goalkeeper in for the short term. You can do it once, but I'm not sure it works twice."

But former City winger Peter Barnes was more than happy with Keegan's decision.

"With David's experience and knowledge of the game there's nobody better to come to a club that's on the up and up," he said.




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BBC Sport's Andy Swiss
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"Playing regular Premiership football has got to help David"


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