Campbell reckons Arsenal will be getting four players for the price of one

Kevin Campbell is delighted at the idea of Lisandro Martinez playing for Arsenal as the Gunners close in on his signature.

The Ajax defender has been one of the sought-after players in this transfer window, and Arsenal seems to be in a battle with Manchester United for his signature.

They have tabled two offers for him already, and they hope to eventually reach an agreement with his present employers.

This has been a fruitful transfer window for Mikel Arteta’s side, but adding him to the group should make it even stronger.

The defender has been hailed for his versatility, and former Arsenal man, Campbell believes because he can play in as many as four positions, it means they are getting four players in one.

He tells Football Insider:

“Martinez can play centre-back, left centre-back in a three, left-back and in holding midfield.

“That is four players rolled into one and he can play each position as well as the other.

“He is also a left-footer which makes a massive difference. He is good on the ball, an Argentina international with a great nickname – ‘The Butcher’. It sounds just about right.

“He is the type of character Arsenal need in their ranks.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

We need players for many positions in our team, and getting an individual that can fill in at different roles means we would solve a lot of that problem.

Martinez will become an indispensable member of our squad because of his versatility, and this is a good reason why we need to beat the competition to add him to our group.

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17 Comments

  1. That means if we sign him we would have had the butcher and the beast. I hope he lives up to his name better than the beast.

  2. I wasn’t sure about Martinez, as he is too short for a CB and not experienced as a LB. But now that Campbell supports his purchase it’s clear that we shouldn’t go after him, as Kevin is probably the dumbest ex-Arsenal player turned wanabe-pundit.
    By the way, versatility didn’t help Maitland-Niles either, and similarly Smith-Rowe should aim for being a supersub, as despite his versatility there are better player at Arsenal for all his possible positions.

      1. I agree that Arteta seems Martinez as a CM to eventually take over from Xhaka (and provide cover for Tierney). But my fear is that ManU see him as a CB and that will be his preference. So my advice would be to start looking elsewhere – Zinchenko anyone?

        1. I like Zinchenko too, Voya. Underrated, versatile and technically sound. But I don’t think City will sell him this season.

    1. Many of us believe ESR is a better no.10 than Odegaard. At least in many matches it is obvious because Odegaard while good is too predictable. ESR on the other hand is more direct.
      Too bad Arteta has his favorites and is not able to change the team according to the opponent.

  3. Strange how we have been reported to have put in three bids for him, the last being very close to Ajax’s valuation but still no apparent progress has been made. As each day goes past, I just get the feeling we will miss out on his signature and United will get him.

  4. You should by now be knowing that completing a transfer for a player is not as easy as u may think. It takes lots of processes to complete a single transfer especially when there is competition for a player. I urge u to be patient and let Edu and Arteta do what is best for the club

    1. Although I totally agree with you Hillary – saying we should “let Edu and Arteta do what is best for the club” is sure to get some unexpected answers from certain quarters! Lol

  5. Strong reports Man utd are now favorites to sign him. Maybe I wasn’t talking nonsense after all 🤷🏽‍♂️

  6. This sounds to me like a 5ft 6in version of ANM – for over 40M. A jack of all trades, but a master of none. Another way to look at it: another episode of the Ben White story – an overpriced, overhyped player who we do not need. Let’s focus on main priority instead which, as we all know, is DM….to strengthen the spine of the team.

    1. When Ben white wasn’t in that team.. We lost top four . Ben white is a complete defender

  7. I guess Mr. Campbell doesn’t realize that AFC
    are running a strong 2nd in a two horse race
    ATM. LOL

    Martinez wont be an Arsenal player unless
    Manure find a way to F it up.

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