Arsenal legend David Seaman admitted he was upset about Emiliano Martinez leaving the Emirates Stadium this summer.
The Argentine goalkeeper got his chance at Gunners XI at the end of last season after Bernd Leno was injured and made a huge impression with some mega performances.
Martinez immediately helped improve a struggling Arsenal defense line and was instrumental in their FA Cup victory, while at the start of this new season he also played in the FA Shield win.
But the 28-year-old was allowed to leave North London and join rivals Aston Villa in the Premier League, while Lino will regain his first place.
Martinez completed £ 17 million (BBCHe has moved to Villa Park in search of becoming a goalkeeper and has shown in recent months that he can make a huge impact on Dean Smith’s team.
Seaman understands the player’s decision to go in search of regular events, but he was keen on staying at Arsenal.
“We just sold goalkeeper (Martinez) as well which was a bit puzzling to me. It was a great end to last season and this season started well.” Seaman told talkSPORT (08:45 AM Sep 17).
“It was something I thought Arsenal would keep because he had shown what he could do. The fact that he went to a villa bothered me.
“I wanted two great goalkeepers at Arsenal because that means they are doing the best in each other, but he wants to be number one and I think that’s what he decided.”
It’s great news for Villa that they have managed to sign a player who has been in great shape recently and is receiving such praise from a Premier League legend.
For Arsenal, it was always difficult to keep both Martinez and Lino, but the situation will all be forgotten if the latter starts the season aggressively and regains the form he was in before his injury.
Lino, 28, was one of the leading players in the first half of last season with Arsenal and could be a key way forward for Mikel Arteta’s side.
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