There are several transfer decisions from Arsenal that were obviously terrible and they deserve criticism for, but even when they appear to do the right thing it still backfires.
They were faced with a situation last summer with two keepers who wanted to be the number 1, but Bernd Leno looked like the better player compared to Emi Martinez and his experience showed why he needed to stay.
Martinez went on to sign for Aston Villa, and it somehow looks like Arsenal may have got this wrong after all.
The Argentine has gone on to become a key player for Villa, while he’s just equalled their Premier League record for clean sheets too:
? Emiliano Martinez has kept his 15th league clean sheet this season, equalling Brad Friedel’s club record of most clean sheets in a single PL campaign by an Aston Villa goalkeeper (15 in 2009-10) #AVLEVE pic.twitter.com/X2tAD6ahIW
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2021
Leno has had more of a mixed season as key mistakes have cost his team at times, and the Guardian are now reporting that he could be moved on this summer so they’ll need to find a replacement for him.
Dependable goalkeepers don’t come cheap and they would probably need to pay through the nose to bring Martinez back so that looks unlikely, and it simply looks like another decision that Mikel Arteta got wrong.