Date: 11th March 2021 at 12:30pm
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Arsenal coaches fear that Mikel Arteta let the wrong goalkeeper leave last summer when Emiliano Martinez was allowed to leave the club, according to Football Insider.

The publication are claiming that the Gunners have conceded, behind closed doors, that the Argentine has performed better than his former German teammate.

Arteta was forced to make a decision after the FA Cup triumph last season and chose to let the 28-year-old leave over the 29-year-old.

Was Arteta right to keep Leno as the number one keeper?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Let’s imagine for one second this report is true, you feel as though the worry is for nothing. Any player can be great for a short period of time before falling off spectacularly. The Premier League is littered with players who have performed well and then fallen off into the abyss. Remember Michu.

But, you don’t want to take credit away from Martinez, who has admittedly been sensational this season. However, you feel he also possesses four consistent defenders which seems to be a myth at Arsenal.

None of the defensive options ahead of Leno have been consistent enough in offering protection since he joined the club in 2018. Whilst the Reds don’t concede too many goals, they have failed to keep clean sheets in 19 of their 27 games this season.

As highlighted in a recent piece, individual errors have played a huge part in the side’s campaign and is a display of how Leno should only be judged when he can get the required support ahead of him.

It’s hard to look at the departure of the £17m ace and feel any sort of comfort given his record this year. However, the Germany international has performed well enough to warrant the transfer and will continue to do so as long as the personnel in front of him improve.