David Seaman frustrated at Arsenal over Ramsdale and Martinez situation
David Seaman is frustrated Arsenal are trying to sign Aaron Ramsdale after they let Emiliano Martinez leave the club.
What’s the story?
In an interview with talkSPORT, the Gunners legend questioned Arsenal’s recent transfer activity between the sticks.
Mikel Arteta let Martinez depart the Emirates Stadium after choosing Bernd Leno as his outright number one.
The Gunners subsequently struggled to replace him and now reportedly want the £30m-rated Sheffield United ace.
The Argentine joined Aston Villa for a mere £17m in a decision that would come back to haunt the Spaniard. Martinez equalled the Villans’ record for the number of clean sheets in a single Premier League season – 15.
Speaking to the radio station, the ex-Highbury favourite said: “If Ramsdale comes then it would be brilliant. But then, on the other hand, you question: ‘Why did we let Martinez go?’. You let him go, who is a proven Premier League goalkeeper and then all of a sudden we are going to be paying £30 million for another one.
“So, it’s a little bit frustrating. But Martinez has gone and we do need to strengthen that goalkeeping position because there are rumours about Leno, whether he is going to stay or not. We don’t really know. But it’s a position that does need strengthening.”
Will Ramsdale signing help Arsenal recover from losing a great stopper?
It is a tough question to answer, especially given the Englishman’s age.
But, if Ramsdale develops as expected you’d imagine Arsenal would recover from the embarrassment of the Martinez situation.
Nonetheless, it would still be £30m the Gunners could have spent in another position.
Looking back at the move last summer, you have to question Arteta’s decision.
The Villa number was in fine form, putting in consistently solid displays week in, week out before he was told he could leave.
It wasn’t helped by the fact Leno endured one of his poorer campaigns since his move from Bayer Leverkusen. But, that is the risk Arteta took.
The former Manchester City coach will be praying Ramsdale can help rectify what was a nightmare decision last year.