Seaman lifts the lid on furious training ground bust-up with Vieira at Arsenal

David Seaman has lifted the lid on an angry training ground clash with former Arsenal teammate Patrick Vieira.

The pair spent seven years together and were part of Arsenal’s title-winning squads in 1998 and 2002.

Seaman left the club for Manchester City in 2003 while Vieira spent another two years in north London.

Amid reports of a training ground bust-up at Newcastle , Seaman said on talkSPORT: "That happens a lot and it happened at Arsenal. I got involved with Patrick Vieira once.

"’I’ve seen Wrighty and Nigel Winterburn have a right good old ding-dong. Wrighty was involved in a few, Tony [Adams] would leave a bit on people and there was a lot of squaring up."


Seaman recalled one particularly encounter with Vieira that saw the pair come to blows.

"We’d be playing 8 v 8 [in training] and everytime I’d go up for the ball he’d have a little niggle with an elbow. It was funny to start with and then he carried on," he said.

"I’d be like, ‘okay, just to take it easy’ but then I went up for a cross and his elbow hit me on the side of the head and I just saw the red mist.

"When I came back down I landed on him, pulled my fist back to punch him, but thought I’d better not so I just gave him a little, tap shall we say, on his forehead and he wasn’t happy.

"He didn’t speak to me for two weeks."

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