Arsenal legend David Seaman has admitted that he was annoyed by Emiliano Martinez’s departure from the Emirates Stadium this summer.
The Argentine shot-stopper got his chance in the Gunners XI during the end of last season following an injury to Bernd Leno and he made a huge impression with some colossus performances.
Martinez instantly helped improve a struggling backline for Arsenal and was instrumental in them winning the FA Cup, while at the start of this new campaign he also played in the FA Community Shield victory.
But the 28-year-old has been allowed to leave the North London club and has joined Premier League rivals Aston Villa, while Leno will regain his number one position.
Martinez has completed a £17million (BBC) switch to Villa Park in search of becoming a first-choice goalkeeper and he’s shown in recent months he can make a big impact for Dean Smith’s team.
Seaman understands the player’s decision to go in search of regular action, but was keen for him to stay at Arsenal.
“We’ve just sold the goalkeeper (Martinez) as well which was a little bit puzzling for me. He had a great end of last season and started this season really well,” Seaman told talkSPORT (08:45am, 17 September).
“It was something that I thought Arsenal would keep hold of him because he showed what he could do. The fact he went to Villa it did annoy me.
“I wanted two great goalkeepers at Arsenal because it means they bring the best out of each other, but he wants to be a number one and I think that’s what has decided it.”
It’s brilliant news for Villa that they’ve managed to sign a player that’s been in some brilliant form lately and is receiving such praise from a Premier League legend.
For Arsenal it was always going to be difficult to keep both Martinez and Leno, but the situation will all be forgotten about if the latter starts the season strongly and regains the kind of form he had before his injury.
Leno, 28, was one of the outstanding individuals in the first half of last season for Arsenal and can be key moving forward for Mikel Arteta’s team.