Pundit Exclusive: Arsenal shock sale of 'Unbelievable' player for £17m is great business
Kevin Campbell has insisted Arsenal pulled off some great business by the surprise sale of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners striker admitted the Argentine was “unbelievable” during an extended run in goal for the Londoners last season but he had not done enough to be preferred to Bernd Leno.
Martinez made 23 appearances for Arsenal last season and impressed not only with his shot-stopping and command of his box but also his distribution from the back.
Villa confirmed the signing of Martinez in September after Football Insider revealed that a bid of £17million rising to £20m with add-ons bid had been accepted by the Gunners.
He has been an ever-present in the Villa team that has won five of their seven Premier League matches this season and were sixth in the table and only three points off the leaders following the end of the international break.
“I do not agree with those who belief we were wrong to sell Martinez,” Campbell told Football Insider.
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“He was unbelievable when Leno was injured. He looked assured, comfortable, good with the ball at his feet and made some great save but here is what I will say.
“Martinez was at the club a long time and there were no calls for Martinez before that purple patch.
“That was not enough to make him number one. He has not played enough games, he does
not have that core game time behind him to go through the tough times.
“It is hard because he has never gone through that sticky patch yet. You do not want a goalkeeper going through that at Arsenal.
“Leno has the experience from Germany, they paid good money for him to be the number one so I think he deserves it. Mikel Arteta has made his decision.”