Arsenal legend David Seaman has spoken of his frustration at his former club’s handling of their goalkeeping situation.

What’s the story?

Emiliano Martinez broke through only to find himself get sold for a mere £17m.

A fee which currently looks like peanuts after his performances last season. The Argentine kept 15 clean sheets in the Premier League last term, the joint-most by an Aston Villa player.

And in the Gunners’ search for a replacement for the ace, they’ve stumbled across Aaron Ramsdale. According to the latest reports, the club wants to sign the Sheffield United ace.


Speaking to talkSPORT, the former Highbury favourite is far from happy with his old team.

Seaman questioned the decision to sell Martinez, only to then chase Ramsdale.

When speaking about the scenario, Seaman said: “If Ramsdale comes then it would be brilliant. But then, on the other hand, you question ‘why did we let Martinez go?’. You let him go, who is a proven Premier League goalkeeper and then all of a sudden we are going to be paying £30 million for another one.”

“So, it’s a little bit frustrating. But Martinez has gone and we do need to strengthen that goalkeeping position because there are rumours about Leno, whether he is going to stay or not.”

David Seaman
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Seaman right to lament frustration at Arsenal goalkeeping situation

Seaman is right to lament his frustration at the Arsenal goalkeeping situation.

It’s moments like these where you really question the nous of the club’s transfer committee.

Why was such a good player allowed to leave for such a cheap fee?

Selling Martinez would’ve been understandable if the team had fetched a handsome fee to help offset some transfers. However, Aston Villa paid just £17m.

And then you hear the club are chasing Ramsdale for £30m. When you analyse the goalkeeper’s performance and statistics from last season, there’s doubts whether he is worth that much.

He possessed a horrid pass accuracy average last season, and when you’re style of play is playing out the back, it’s far from reassuring.

From Martinez to Ramsdale, Arsenal have been seeping incompetency over the last year or so. Seaman is right to feel aggrieved by his old side’s actions.

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