Kevin Campbell has predicted that Emiliano Martinez will ‘prove’ to be a ‘fantastic’ goalkeeper after he left Arsenal to join Aston Villa.
The former striker touched upon the difficult decision Mikel Arteta had to make with this transfer decision and how the Arsenal boss had ‘two number ones’ on his hands heading into the new season, as he told The Football Show on Sky Sports that (15/09/20 at 12:10 pm)
BBC Sport report that Villa have paid £17 million for the goalkeeping services of the 28-year-old – and even though Arsenal fans are disappointed that he has gone, they have wished him all the luck in the world to succeed.
Whilst Arsenal lose such a ‘fantastic’ keeper, former Gunners hitman, Campbell, shared that he’s ‘sure’ he will do bits at his new club.
“He’s been at Arsenal for such a long time,” Campbell told Sky Sports. “And finally he got his opportunity after the restart when Leno got injured and he was fantastic.
“He made the back four and he made the defence calm. He’s a very good shot-stopper and he managed his box very well. It was 1A and 1B at Arsenal because there were two number ones.
“The fact of the matter is, Mikel Arteta had to make a decision on who was going to be his number one and he chose Leno. It’s a great bit of business by Aston Villa to get Martinez in. He’s going to prove to be a fantastic goalkeeper for Aston Villa, that’s for sure.”
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Martinez will now prepare himself for Villa’s opening Premier League match, which is against Sheffield United next Monday night.
Villa’s 2020/21 campaign is yet to kick-off because their opening match against Manchester City was postponed because of City’s involvement in Europe.
Added with Martinez’s arrival, it now means Villa have five senior GK’s at their disposal – Martinez, Tom Heaton, Orjan Nyland, Jed Steer and Lovre Kalinic.