Paul Robinson is blown away by Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez’s “excellent” performance against Arsenal on Saturday.
The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 28-year-old proved that he is a “top, top goalkeeper” when he returned to form just days after a “poor” midweek showing against West Ham.
Martinez made four saves to help Dean Smith’s side to a 1-0 victory over his former club Arsenal last weekend. (Wyscout)
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It was the Villa shot-stopper’s 11th clean sheet in the Premier League this season – only Manchester City’s Ederson boasts a better record (13).
Robinson was particularly impressed by Martinez’s handling from crosses against the Gunners.
“To bounce back from the West Ham game like that shows that he is a top, top goalkeeper,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“He has done exceptionally well this season but he was particularly poor against West Ham last week. He should have save the the two Lingard goals.
“To keep a clean sheet against Arsenal, his former club, just a few days later will have absolutely delighted him.
“I rate Tom Heaton as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. I rate him really, really highly. Now that he is back fit Martinez has got real competition but the way he is playing, Tom has a big challenge getting back into that team.
“Martinez’s distribution and handling is excellent. Arsenal crowded the box on a number of occasions on Saturday and I think Mikel Arteta saw him as weak in that area. They must’ve thought he was weak in that area but he came out and took the crosses. He looked strong. He was not fazed by it.
“I think the West Ham performance was just one-off game in an otherwise outstanding season.”