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Exclusive: Dean Windass says selling Emiliano Martinez was a huge mistake by Arsenal

Dean Windass has exclusively told Football FanCast that Arsenal shouldn’t have sold Emiliano Martinez.

The Argentine came into the side post-lockdown following Bernd Leno’s injury and not only played the remaining league games after the pandemic, but helped the Gunners lift the FA Cup for the 14th time.

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However, despite his outstanding form under Mikel Arteta, the Spaniard decided to sell the keeper to Aston Villa on the eve of the Premier League season, much to the anger of some Arsenal fans.

And Martinez showed what Arsenal had lost when he kept an impressive 15 clean sheets in his 38 Premier League appearances to help Dean Smith’s side finish 11th.

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Ironically, two of those came against his former side as Villa achieved a league double over the Gunners after following up their 3-0 win at the Emirates with a 1-0 success at Villa Park later in the season.

Since Martinez’s departure, Bernd Leno, who Arteta trusted to remain as his number one, has struggled, epitomised by the recent arrival of Aaron Ramsdale.

Windass told FFC:

“It’s always a mistake when it goes wrong, but you don’t know how it’s going to pan out.

“He’s reacted fantastically, but Arsenal have got to be careful. You get rid of a goalkeeper, who has an absolute worldie, and then you get rid of him and think, look how well he’s done?”

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