Pundit says Arteta had to make a decision as Emiliano Martinez leaves Arsenal

Kevin Campbell has hailed Emiliano Martinez and spoken about the tough decision that Mikel Arteta had to make in letting him leave the club.

Arsenal has had to sell Martinez to Aston Villa because they decided to keep Bernd Leno as their first choice.

Martinez had enjoyed a little time as the club’s first choice from June till last month in the absence of the injured Bernd Leno.

The club won the FA Cup and Community Shield with him as their first choice, but Arteta couldn’t guarantee him a starting place in the new season and he has decided to leave the Emirates.

Arsenal’s loss might become Villa’s gain because Campbell thinks that the Argentinean will prove to be a good addition to the Villa side.

He, however, insisted that letting him go was a decision that Arteta had to make.

“He’s been at Arsenal for such a long time,” Campbell told Sky Sports. “And finally he got his opportunity after the restart when Leno got injured and he was fantastic.

“He made the back four and he made the defence calm. He’s a very good shot-stopper and he managed his box very well. It was 1A and 1B at Arsenal because there were two number ones.

“The fact of the matter is, Mikel Arteta had to make a decision on who was going to be his number one and he chose Leno. It’s a great bit of business by Aston Villa to get Martinez in. He’s going to prove to be a fantastic goalkeeper for Aston Villa, that’s for sure.”

Arsenal is now looking for a new goalkeeper that will replace Martinez and Brentford’s David Raya is one of their targets.

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9 Comments

  1. Goonster says:

    Lets move on now.
    Good luck to Martinez.

  2. Sue says:

    OT.. Salah/Mane/Firmino/Thiago (?) (Boo!!!)
    Aguero/Sterling/Mahrez/De Bruyne (Muffled cheer!)
    Rashford/Martial/Sancho (?)/Bruno (Boo!!!)
    Werner/Havertz/Ziyech/Pulisic (Boo!!!)
    Aubameyang/Lacazette/Pepe/Willian (Hurrah, hurrah!!)
    Kane/Bale/Son (Biggest boo ever! 😄)
    This could easily end up being the most exciting Premier League season in a very, very long time!

  3. Raj Ramprogus says:

    letting Martinez go is a very big mistake. Arteta should have kept both and let each play alternately so that both can prove their ability and keep fit. Martinez is the best goalkeeper in the premier league to my mind.

  4. Sue says:

    Lokomotiv Plovdiv host Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa qualifying second round tonight. For those who haven’t heard of them, they are a (very) small team from North London 🤣

    1. Roachie says:

      Nicking that!!

    2. Drew SA says:

      Ahhhh Sue, love your sense of humour 😀

  5. S.J says:

    Lol.. Sue that was a blow drop given to the Spurs there.

    Martinez is gone and is to be replaced by Runarsson pretty soon. What does that mean for Matt Macey?

    Now, I just want to see the sales and inflow of players to our squad.

    Out – Sokratis, Kolasinac, Torreira, Elneny.

    In – Partey, Aouar, Runarsson.

    As it stands now, these transfers are not very realistic but I am hopeful that we do conduct these business before deadline day.

  6. Eddie says:

    It was inevitable, one of them had to leave.
    Plus Leno has already shown hr could do it consistently. Martinez will do very great at Aston Villa. He might be the difference between relegation at the of this season and staying in the EPL.

    Oh Dan Dan my friend my friend, I bet you and the media all knew a month ago that Aouar wants to join Arsenal right? When the media and papers kept saying he prefers Juventus and would love to be a city player. I guess the media or anybody reported that Aouar wants Arsenal an personal terms won’t be an issue??

    Or wait! Lol I guess anybody could’ve guessed the player we all dream of getting would be happy to come play for us amidst all the media reports saying he prefers Juve… I bet a month ago the media and newspaper sites told y’all that Partey has personal agreement with Arsenal already about signing for us? I bet y’all knew he rejected every other offer and told Arsenal he’d only be coming to London if he wants to move?
    Oh wait, someone actually did, but he isn’t a newspaper and he doesn’t own a blog, and I actually follow him on Twitter and I knew all of this from him anyway.

    There you go, Fabrizio already confirmed Aouar wants us, Partey is waiting for Arsenal to activate his clause, and he’ll only sign with Athletico if we don’t sign him.
    Now let the media start printing more stuff and BS.

  7. jon fox says:

    Kevin Campbells worldly wise words are correct and true. In an ideal world, I guess many of us think that MA would have loved to have kept Martinez as his 1B keeper, as Kevin correctly called him.

    But Martinez made his own decision to leave unless he was promised 1A status and that was never a realistic or even fair request. MA is very much his own man as players like Ozil and Guendouzi have found out more than most, and wiil always put the club above the individual; something that had Wenger done more often in his final decade, it might well have meant HE would still be our manager now.

    Club first and before ANY player, ALWAYS AND AND WITHOUT A SINGLE EXCEPTION, EVER!!!!

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