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Arsenal have found their goalkeeper of the future in Aaron Ramsdale, but the sale of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa still baffles many.

Ramsdale has quickly proven many wrong by starring between the sticks for Arsenal after a summer move from Sheffield United.

Arsenal’s goalkeeping position had been in flux before Ramsdale’s rise.

Bernd Leno had largely blown hot and cold whilst Runar Alex Runarsson was badly out of his depth and Mat Ryan’s loan spell wasn’t extended.

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That all goes back to the sale of Martinez though.

Edu decided to sell Martinez to Aston Villa for around £20million after a fine run of form following lockdown.

Martinez has gone on to excel with Villa, with Arsenal fans sometimes wishing he would come back.

The Argentinian is one of the Premier League’s top goalkeepers, and showed it again with a fine showing against Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend.

Pundit Garth Crooks has now told BBC Sport that he feels Martinez is ‘back in business’ after a mixed season to date.

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Crooks added that he thinks Arsenal selling Martinez was ‘rather strange’, because everybody could see how good he really was with the Gunners.

“The save by Martinez from Brighton’s Leandro Trossard suggested the Argentine was back in business. The save from Tariq Lamptey’s shot just before half-time was even better,” said Crooks. “The keeper was off his line like a shot and quick to deny the full-back any opportunity.”

“I’ve only seen Martinez have one shaky performance this season and that was away to Arsenal, the club who should never have let him go to Villa in the first place. Martinez was the best keeper the Gunners had at the club at the time – the thing was Arsenal never knew it. Which was rather strange, because everyone else did,” he added.

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