Lee Dixon has suggested to the Handbrake Off podcast that he cannot see the problem in Arsenal selling Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa.
When Martinez decided to leave the Emirates for Villa Park, a lot of Arsenal supporters were left disappointed because they lost a player who had done wonders in between the sticks during the latter stages of their FA Cup-winning campaign.
But Dixon made it clear that it took him ten years to produce these types of performances for Arsenal and he thinks it was a ‘no-brainer’ selling a second-choice keeper for the rumoured £17 million price [BBC Sport]
“I don’t want to be too cruel here but I almost don’t see what the conversation is,” Dixon told the Handbrake Off podcast. “You have just got £20 million for your second-team goalkeeper, which he is.
“Just because he had that spell, do all the fans want him to be the number one? He’s been at the club for 10 years and he’s not made that his own. Then there’s a question mark. Is that question mark worth selling him for £20 million to Villa? I would say so.
“I think it’s an absolute no-brainer. I’m almost reluctant to give you an answer, but I will that’s why I am here.”
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Martinez only earned his chance as Arsenal’s number one when Bernd Leno got injured during Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton back in June.
During that period, he produced a number of top-quality performances for Mikel Arteta, including helping the club win the FA Cup and the Community Shield.
With Leno returning from the sidelines, it was obvious that Arteta was going to reinstate the German as his main guy.
And given that Martinez was on such a high, he has now found a path to the West Midlands where he can now aim to show that he is capable of being a top shot-stopper in England’s top-flight for the long-term.
He could his debut for Villa on Monday night when they take on Sheffield United and Arsenal’s fans will be watching intently to see how he fairs at his new home.