Arsenal fans will be furious over transfer blunder after Leno display - Robinson
Paul Robinson has claimed Arsenal made a mistake selling Emiliano Martinez instead of Bernd Leno last summer.
The ex-England man, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, praised the Aston Villa shot-stopper as “one of the best goalkeepers in the world”.
Arsenal slumped to an embarrassing 2-0 away defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Brentford on Friday (August 13th).
Arsenal’s rearguard came under fire for the second goal, which came from a long throw that bounced inside the Gunners’ six-yard box.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ex-referee Keith Hackett shot down claims Leno was fouled for the goal and branded the German as “soft and weak”.
Robinson believes Leno was fouled but had some strong words for the Arsenal number one nevertheless.
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The former Spurs man told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “He was poor for the first goal at his near post. He should have done better.
“He was slow to react for the first, but the second was a definite foul. People will say it was soft, but he was fouled.
“I’m very surprised that they let Martinez go, he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world at the moment. You could see that when he played at Copa America this summer.
“If you compare his and Leno’s performances, there will be a lot of Arsenal fans wondering why Martinez was let go so easily.”
Martinez left the Emirates Stadium last summer for Aston Villa, in a deal worth around £20million.
The Argentinian won the Copa America in July to round off an impressive season.
Martinez kept 15 Premier League clean sheets last term and was named Villa supporters’ player of the year.
Leno, who arrived from Leverkusen for £22.5million in 2018, kept 11 clean sheets as Arsenal finished eighth.