Lionel Messi has reminded Arsenal of what they are missing after another dramatically performance by Emiliano Martinez.
Martinez’s stock continues to rise a year on from his decision to swap Arsenal for Aston Villa.
The 29 year-old tied Villa’s Premier League record for clean sheets last season with 14 and capped off a superb campaign with a Copa America penalty-shootout win for Argentina.
Messi heaped praise on Martinez after the July win and had already more to say after Sunday’s 3-0 defeat of Uruguay.
Martinez pulled off a bright save to deny Luis Suarez before Argentina opened the scoring and eased to victory.
“When they arrive he always responds,” Messi said.
“The truth is that, once again, he established himself after the Cup (Copa America).
“Impressive and we have one of the best goalkeepers in the world, without a doubt. We take advantage of it.”
Arsenal sold Martinez in September last year despite the player enjoying a fine ending to the 2019-20 season.
Bernd Leno was given the number one jersey and Martinez forced to sit on the sidelines as a number two again.
He decided to seek a move in other places and to plug that gap Arsenal signed Aaron Ramsdale for £30 million.
Arsenal fans took to social media to react to Messi’s comments with one supporter writing: “Someone should tell Messi to stop talking about a move when he has no idea what truly went on.”
“Ramsdale is awesome but the Martinez sale was a mistake,” said another while a third fan additional: “I have to agree with Messi.”
“We did not need Messi to say something, it was a poor decision to sell Emi,” another said.
A fifth fan said: “There is an equally long list of Arteta’s bad buys as there is for his bad sell-offs.”
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