Aston Villa were put to the sword by an excellent Leeds United performance last night. Patrick Bamford scored a hat-trick to take the gloss off Dean Smith’s side’s perfect start to the new season.
But it was a game which, for some reason, had Arsenal fans talking.
This summer saw Arsenal in a tough position regarding their goalkeepers.
Emi Martinez had thrived in place of an injured Bernd Leno toward the end of last season and that left Mikel Arteta with a tough situation to navigate.
In the end, the Argentine was moved on, joining Aston Villa for a reported (Express and Star) £20 million and he has had an impressive start to life at Villa Park.
Meanwhile, Leno has had an indifferent season so far, recently confounded by a blatant error in the Rapid Vienna clash.
A debate has been raging among Arsenal fans whether the club might have sold the wrong keeper but following Martinez’s display against Leeds, some fans were quick to use the performance as a means to defend their current number one.
Why is unclear, when, despite a harsh criticism being Martinez could have pushed Rodrigo’s effort further away before Bamford scrambled the opening goal, there was little the former Arsenal stopper could have done about any of the Leeds strikers three goals.
But it is at least good to see that some Arsenal fans are doing everything they can to back the German stopper, who was having an excellent season in 2019-20 until Neal Maupay’s challenge forced him to the treatment table.
However, the hope going forward will be that Arsenal fans simply back Leno, and wish Martinez all the best in his new venture.
He was regarded as our second most important player until he got injured. Then when Martinez played well and was sold to Villa people started attacking Leno like it was his fault. I am sure if it was the other way around people would’ve attacked Martinez cause this fanbase…..
— Aayush Ghimire (@_aayushghimire) October 23, 2020
In case some of you are confused, the point here isn’t to compare Emi and Leno, as people seem to love doing.
The point is that we should stop acting like either are perfect. All goalkeepers make mistakes, as we’ve seen, time to move on from this nonsense.
— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) October 23, 2020
Emi Martinez made a mistake? I guess it doesn’t matter because it’s not Leno 🤷🏿♂️
— Arsenal Presser (@ArsenalPresser) October 23, 2020
I mean he always was clear. Scared Martinez off to a club that barely escaped relegation https://t.co/4RZSXeAMK1
— Ash (@Pewiwannadiepie) October 24, 2020
martinez made a howler, where is all the leno haters now??
all keepers make mistakes
— Stephen Barton (@Stephen93171889) October 24, 2020
No one wants to talk about the Martinez stinker huh? Back Leno he’s class
— 🇨🇦🇵🇱 (@gooner_thomas) October 23, 2020
Emi Martinez shipped three goals tonight but I absolutely do not blame him for any of them. However, if I treat him the way some Arsenal fans treat Leno…
Get over yourselves, seriously.
— Chris.AFC93 (@chrissy1893) October 23, 2020
Emi Martínez howler but you won’t hear a word because he is not Bernd Leno.
— Eduardo Hagn (@EduardoHagn) October 23, 2020
Leno concedes like that and it gets called a howler
— 🔔 (@hamza4899) October 23, 2020
Just imagine if that was Leno.. Half of our fan base have a goldfish memory.. 😅
— Emmanuel Ojo (@EOketokun) October 23, 2020