Pundit Ian Wright has told The Kelly and Wrighty Show (Optus Sport, 26/07) that he is frightened of the possibility that Emiliano Martinez will leave Arsenal.
The Gunners finished the season with a 3-2 win over Watford, condemning the Hornets to relegation in the process.
Arsenal were superb in the first half but somewhat faded, with Watford testing goalkeeper Martinez throughout.
Martinez was forced into making four saves, with the Argentinian again proving himself to be more than worthy cover for the injured Bernd Leno.
The problem for Arsenal may now be that Martinez wants to go and play first-team football elsewhere, as he won’t want to be backup behind Leno next season.
The 27-year-old has shown that he is good enough to play regularly in the Premier League, and speculation now surrounds his future.
Leeds United want to sign Martinez according to The Sun, with Marcelo Bielsa identifying his compatriot as a possible signing after winning promotion.
Now, Ian Wright has suggested that he didn’t realise just how good Martinez really is, and now fears that he may leave this summer because he is good enough to be a number one goalkeeper elsewhere.
“Well when you go to a No 2, the first thing you do is worry because you think: ‘Has he had enough games? Will he be able to deal with the pressure?’. Obviously there’s no fans there but everybody spoke about Emi and how good he is but I didn’t realise how good he was because I didn’t see enough of him,” said Wright, as quoted by The Express.
“I saw him in some cup games but he’s commanding, he makes great saves, he’s good on the ground, he’s got everything for a No 2. The thing that frightens me now with him is that when Bernd Leno does come back and he is fit, why would he want to continue as a No 2 when he’s played to this level being a No 1? He will surely want to go and be a No 1 now,” he added.