Former Premier League attacker Trevor Sinclair is completely baffled by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s transfer strategy regarding goalkeepers.
The Gunners had no problems whatsoever between the sticks last season. Arteta had two world-class goalkeepers in Emiliano Martinez and Bernd Leno at his disposal, and the former helped us win the FA Cup and the Community Shield.
Arsenal then had to let go of one of their star keepers, and Arteta stuck with Leno. Martinez, as a result, wanted to leave and Aston Villa met the Gunners’ demands and pulled him away from the Emirates.
The Argentine has since had a phenomenal 12 months for club and country. He was one of the best players in the Premier League last season, and he was a star for his country as well in the Copa America this summer.
Ironically, Arsenal have their problems in goal now. Bernd Leno’s future is up in the air, while we have no back for him. We need to bring in a new shot-stopper, and reports have revealed that Aaron Ramsdale is our number one target.
That, predictably, has baffled many of us, including Sinclair. He has had a go at Arsenal’s strategy involving goalkeepers over the last 12 months, and frankly, he has a point.
Trevor Sinclair: I don’t understand how Arsenal are being run
He said on TalkSport: “Listen, I don’t get it. We’ve said before, Emi Martinez going to Villa. Why? Because he was playing superbly well for Arsenal. They have allowed their best goalkeeper to leave and now, they are chasing their tail by trying to get someone in to give competition to Leno.
“I just don’t understand how Arsenal is being run as a football club. For me, that Emi Martinez one should never have gone through. I know he wants to play, but let them two goalkeepers fight it out for the number one jersey and keep it honest. They’ve not done that, they’ve let him go and he’s been superb at Villa.
“(However), It would be a great move for Ramsdale. Arsenal are a huge club and it’s quite a big fee, but I think when you get Arsenal players training with him, they’ll see his quality, and I think that’ll just reinforce what Mikel Arteta feels about the goalkeeper.”