Has Martinez’s decision been justified as he earns Argentina recall?

Emiliano Martinez has just left Arsenal because he wanted to be at a team that would hand him the number one spot and regular football.

This is because he wanted a return to the Argentina national team and he may have made the right choice, after earning a recall to the national team.

He has been called up for Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Bolivia next month, as reported by the Mail.

This was his first callup since November last year and a reward for his outstanding form for Arsenal.

He spent 10 years at Arsenal and he only got his chance to play consistently for the first team in June, after an injury to Bernd Leno.

He grabbed his chance with both hands and impressed between the sticks for the Gunners.

They were keen to keep hold of him beyond this season, but he would only stay if was made the club’s first choice.

This has now been one of the best weeks of his life. Firstly, he earned a £20m move to Aston Villa and he has now received a national team call up.

Arsenal has already lined up a replacement for him with the Gunners expected to complete the signing of Iceland international, Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon soon.

Do you think that Martinez made the right choice?

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  1. So we are replacing one of the best keepers in the English Premier League with statistically the worst keeper in the French league 1.

  2. Beautiful how destiny works. Just a few months ago he was a forgotten back up keeper with little market value and his national career finished. Few months later he has played an important part in Arsenal good end to the season, was one of best players, he is the 22nd most expensive goalkeeper in history and his national career has been revived.

    I am happy for you Emily.

  3. No hard feelings towards you bro, its not a crime to be ambitious all the best lad… And for MA no one can blame him for Martinez’s release his hands were forced and had to make a hard decision like any other top class coach would do.

  4. He would definitely have got the call up if he had stayed as well….. with Emi’s performances, u think Romero would remain no.1 for Argentina?!….. not a cat’s chance in hell!. If you think he earned a call up for just getting unveiled at Villa, and not for his recent performances, that would be funny. I feel Villa is a backwards move, and getting rotated with Leno (one for league, and the other for cup games) would even further reinforce his position as Argentina’s no. 1…… but He and his agents know what’s best for him or whatever.
    Anyways, he’s gone now, and I wish him luck, except against us… (like I always say 😀)

  5. He has already gone . With that it mind what difference does it make what any of us thinks? This is talking about what ifs not anything that is of import to us NOW. I much prefer to debate things that matter. It mattered what we thought while he was still here but NOT once he left. I just don’t see any point in an article about something that has already been decided and is done and dusted. Who agrees?

  6. As an avid and lifetime Aston Villa supporter I only have two words to say to the Arsenal Football Club reference shot stopper Emiliano Martinez joining Villa. Thank You!

      1. No worries Sue, please know that Aston Villa supporters have always considered Arsenal to be a ‘proper’ run football club who always try to do the right thing both on and off the field.

        Good luck to ‘The Arsenal’ for the 20-21 Premier league season.
        Seattle Villian.

  7. No , he has not made the best choice , maybe short term, certainly not long term. He has Arsenal and their excellent mgt and coaching team to thank for his achievements at the end of last season and being called up to represent his country Argentina..Going forward he would have been a highly regarded member of Mikel Arteka’s squad who have a greater chance of success than his new club ; and he would more than likely in due course become Arsenal’s No 1. TC / Lancs : Arsenal Fan since 1949.

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