Could Arsenal be making a huge mistake?
It certainly seems that way, with rumours surfacing regarding Arsenal goalkeeper Emi Martinez and his future at the club.
It seems as though Aston Villa are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper and various reports say that the Midlands club are either about to bid or have actually tabled a bid of around £20m for our longest-serving player.
The Argentinean emerged from the shadows of the squad to play an instrumental role in not only our FA Cup win – but our strong end to the Premier League season too. He has now established himself as a fan favourite amongst the club support, and his affection for Arsenal is obvious to all.
Martinez had such a strong end to his season that he now appears to be on at the very least, level pegging in terms of vying for the number one shirt – with Bernd Leno.
This seemed improbable halfway through last season. Leno was saving us points with his consistently strong displays and the German appeared to be in a two-way fight for Player of the Year with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
But a terrible injury was the door opening that Martinez had bided the years for – and he took his opportunity.
Shot-stopping, aerial claiming and decision-making, Martinez showed in every game that he could easily be our first-choice goalkeeper for the foreseeable future – but how do you keep two established goalkeepers happy?
Neither Leno nor Martinez will be content with sitting on the bench, so one will no doubt leave, but after last season, Martinez really did look like he had put his marker down.
All fans love to see loyalty, and Martinez’s patience in waiting for his chance has endeared himself to the fans as it shows he showed professionalism and how much he wanted to represent us.
And now, it is entirely possible that he could leave.
We all know Arsenal have to sell before they buy any more players, but selling Martinez doesn’t sit well. We would be letting a keeper go that is approaching his prime and who genuinely cares about the club.
But what about Leno if Martinez DID stay?
It is a real conundrum.
What would you do?