David Seaman celebrated his side’s FA Cup victory over Southampton at the Millennium Stadium and hinted he won’t be retiring from the game, saying: “there’s still life in the old dog yet”.
Seaman made an 84th-minute save from Brett Ormerod to ensure the Gunners retained the Cup after a largely forgettable final under the roof of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, but a last-ditch clearance off the line from Ashley Cole was needed to confirm the 1-0 win.
“He’s always done that for me,” Seaman said of the Cole clearance. “We were so determined to win the game today after our disappointment in the league and we knew we would be under pressure until the last minute from Southampton.
“It may not have been a great final, but we are lifting the trophy and that’s all that matters.”
It has been a season of ups and downs for the Yorkshireman but aside from the Cup victory on Saturday, he will probably be remembered for the spectacular save he made against Sheffield United in the semi-final at Old Trafford to enable Arsenal to get to the final in the first place.
Perhaps the low point were the two blunders he made while playing for England – one in the World Cup against Brazil and the other in the Euro 2004 qualifier against Macedonia – that sparked suggestions that at 39 he should have call it a day.
But with this latest honour to add to three league titles, three further FA Cups, a league cup and European Cup Winners Cup, he is keen to keep on playing.
“I’m not fed up of playing,” he added. “But it is out of my hands. you’ll have to ask the gaffer if I still have a role here or not, but I will just have to keep doing what I’ve been doing. There’s still life in the old dog yet!”