Ian Wright comments on Arsenal sale proved spot on after 12 months
Towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign Arsenal were lifting the FA Cup with Emi Martinez performing well in goal. Fast forward a few months and he was sold to Aston Villa and in the aftermath, Ian Wright has been proved correct.
An injury to Bernd Leno had earned Martinez his big shot. The Argentine had been with Arsenal for years, without ever getting a proper chance to shine in the team.
The 28-year-old actually spent 10 years with the Gunners. He was loaned out on several embarking on several Football League loans and also enjoying a foray in Spain with Getafe.
During 2019/20, he got a lucky break. He played the final nine games of the season and also played in all six of Arsenal’s games in the FA Cup, as they lifted the trophy.
His form was good and it drew praise from Arsenal legend Ian Wright. Not only was he impressed, but he also claimed he was concerned.
He told the Kelly and Wrighty Show: “What frightens me is if Chelsea comes calling. This is the worry because he’s better than Kepa right now.
“I think he’s better than Bernd Leno and, if I’m being totally honest, I’d be gutted if he went.”
Arsenal legend proved spot on over Martinez
The Argentina international was some the goalkeeper of the year in the eyes of some for his form at Villa last season.
He kept 15 clean sheets in 38 games for his new club and proved an absolute steal at just £17 million.
Now, a year down the line, Wright was right to have his reservations. Leno’s future is up in the air and the club are eyeing up other goalkeepers.
There is talk of Aaron Ramsdale signing for a staggering £30 million. That sum seems absurd, especially considering Arsenal actually had Martinez on their books.
Wright had a point regarding the £47,000-a-week Martinez and letting him leave looks like a poor decision on the club’s part.
Arsenal’s loss is Villa’s gain.
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