It seems like every week there’s a new reason why Arsenal should have retained Emi Martinez over Bernd Leno. And last night was no exception.
The Argentine goalkeeper, who spent a decade with the Gunners before moving to Aston Villa, made an astonishing three saves in the semi-finals of the Copa Amerca against Colombia.
With the game at 1-1 after 120 minutes of football, Martinez emerged the hero for Argentina. The 28-year-old keeper pulled off a huge showing to fire Lionel Messi and company to the Copa America final.
Indeed, Martinez’s rise over the past 12 months has been nothing short of incredible.
The South American star was key to Arsenal’s FA Cup and Community Shield win last season. And with Villa, the former Gooner has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best keepers.
However, such form has riled up some Arsenal supporters on social media with Leno having his first poor season with the north London side.
The German international was at fault for some goals last season, some of which caused Arsenal to lose points. Leno’s most famous incident was an own goal against Everton in a 1-0 loss for the Gunners.
Add into the mix Alex Runarsson’s performances for the Gunners, and there is a reason why a few fans are mad that the club decided to sell Martinez. And last night was no exception.
Here’s what some Arsenal fans had to say on social media on Martinez’s Man of the Match performance for Argentina on Twitter…
The Emi Martinez is huge, Arsenal lost a gem— Thy (@_CreaT0R) July 7, 2021
Arsenal we made a big mistake to sale short stopper emi Martinez 😢— Omukonzo🩺🇺🇬 (@jonard_stanley) July 7, 2021
Emi Martínez goated and arsenal will forever be stupid as hell to have let that man go— britt (@wosovibez) July 7, 2021
Arsenal selling Martinez over Leno must be one of the worst decisions ever— § (@bentekefan0) July 7, 2021
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta once said there is no point regretting the deal to sell Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa back in 2020. To be honest Arteta that was a lie, Just look at how good Emi was last night superb.@emimartinezz1 @Arsenal https://t.co/QeNnPRY7Cn— Arsenal Sports (@Arsenal_Proud) July 7, 2021