Ian Wright devastated by Arsenal’s transfer decision on £17m star

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has said that he was devastated by the Gunners’ decision to part ways with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez during last summer’s transfer window.

The Argentine had barely got a regular run of games over the past decade, but he finally got the chance after a knee injury sustained by Bernd Leno during the backend of last season.

Martinez put in a number of top-notch displays during his time between the sticks and there were also suggestions that he could become the number one ahead of Leno.

However, it was quite clear that manager Mikel Arteta favoured Leno once he made his recovery and that paved the way for Martinez to leave for Aston Villa, where he had the guarantee of regular gametime.

“I was devastated to see him leave Arsenal, but he wants to be Argentina number one. He has five clean sheets from nine Premier League games and he is just a very good goalkeeper,” He told BBC Sport h/t Football.London.

Martinez joined the Villans for a fee of around £17m in the summer and he has since kept five clean sheets in the Premier League for the west Midlands outfit.

Leno, on the other hand, has also impressed between the sticks for the Gunners this term, but it has not been the season which the fans would have craved for.

The north London giants are languishing in the 15th spot with just 13 points on the table and they have picked up just one point from the previous five Premier League matches.

Next up, they have games against Southampton, Everton and Chelsea in the league before the turn of the year and they need a drastic change in fortunes or could end up in the drop zone. They are presently five points ahead of the bottom three.

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