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At the post-match press conference following Arsenal’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup, Mikel Arteta was questioned about the club’s decision to sell Emiliano Martínez this summer.
Hayters’ Nick Callow asked if the Arsenal boss, who was under fire, felt any “regrets” over the decision, due to Runar Alex Runarsson’s costly replacement error that gave Riyad Mahrez a free kick goal.
In the 54th minute of the tie, Runarsson, who was making his fifth appearance for the Gunners, was unable to put a strong hand on the ball even though it was apparently shot directly at him.
Arsenal drafted the Icelandic ace for just over £ 1 million this summer, and the 25-year-old replaced Martinez as the second-choice stopper, and the Gunners ace was sold to Aston Villa for £ 20 million.
Runarsson’s costly mistake turned the tide of the tie, which was already on the slide after Gabriel Martinelli’s injury, leaving the Gunners losing 4-1 after an embarrassing second half.
Mikel Arteta insisted that ‘there is no point in lamenting’ regarding the sale of Emi Martínez after the difficulties of the replacement of Runarsson in Arsenal’s loss to Manchester City … pic.twitter.com/GFjVXgIWeD
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“There is no point in complaining, there were different reasons why we had to make that transaction, we did it and it is part of the past.”
“Emi had a really good few months last season, it really helped us, obviously when our goalkeeper makes a mistake, these things are going to come up.”
While Runarsson struggled tonight, with his troubles even leaving Mahrez ‘shocked’ after he failed to catch the ball ‘correctly’, Martinez has starred in Villa this season.
Martinez has kept seven clean sheets for the villains this season, six of which in wins, as the Midlands team ranks ninth in the Premier League table with two games in hand on all sides ahead except the two teams from Manchester each having a game in hand.
Martinez proved he was talented enough to be a quality goalkeeper with his excellent performances after Bernd Leno was injured in the second game of the restart to close out the season.
Ultimately, the cash-strapped Gunners decided to deposit a hefty ace fee, but may regret that short-term gain if they lose Leno to injury anytime soon after Runarsson’s troubles on the big stage tonight. .