Tony Adams suggests Mikel Arteta may have made a big mistake in transfer window

Tony Adams has suggested Mikel Arteta may have made a big mistake in selling Emiliano Martinez in favour of Bernd Leno.

Martinez had been an Arsenal player since 2010 but emerged on the scene as a first team contender last season, after Leno suffered an injury.

The shot-stopper went on to win the FA Cup and Community Shield with the Gunners, but found himself replaced by Leno as soon as the German returned to fitness.

Martinez promptly left Arsenal in search of regular football and was snapped up by Aston Villa, for whom he is now a first team starter under Dean Smith.

Adams was pleased with what he saw from Martinez last season, and has suggested Arteta made have sold the wrong keeper this summer transfer window.

Tony Adams has suggested Mikel Arteta may have made a big mistake

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“Martinez was incredible in their cup run. He was absolutely sensational,” former Gunners captain Adams told Astro SuperSport.

“And I do like big ones and what Leno does struggle with, for me, is crosses and stuff. But it isn’t about me. Arteta’s gone, ‘No, Leno is my number one, I like him’ and he’s put all his faith in him.

“But I don’t believe that he’s a top-four goalkeeper, for me. Martinez, it was coincidence, everything fell into place for Arsenal in the cup competition last year, it was like it was written in the stars.

Emiliano Martinez was sold in favour of Bernd Leno

“This goalkeeper comes in – been at the club for 10 years and not played 10 games – and he stops everything! He was a man possessed, he was absolutely incredible.

“And for me he was the number one. Now you’ve made the opportunity, you’ve got experience, go okay, yep. ‘But Arteta’s the man and he’s chosen a different goalkeeper.”

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