Former Arsenal captain, Tony Adams, has claimed that Arsenal’s shot-stopper Bernd Leno is “not a top-4 keeper” and warned Mikel Arteta that he might regret his decision of moving on Emiliano Martinez.
Bernd Leno was the number one choice since his move from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2018. But an injury at the beginning of the project restart gave the Argentine, Emiliano Martinez, a place in the starting 11.
To everyone’s surprise, Martinez’s performances were exceptional and many doubted if ever Leno would be able to reclaim his spot.
But Leno was given the nod ahead of the Argentine, who didn’t feature in the Gunners’ opening game against newly promoted, Fulham. Before the start of the campaign, it was made clear to the Argentine that he would not be the club’s number 1. Thus, he decided to move on from the North-London club in the lookout for first-team football.
In an interview with the Argentine radio station, Continental, he expressed what he felt by saying, “My target is to consolidate a place and to reach the Argentina national team as number 1. I won’t stop until I get that and if I don’t play for Arsenal, then I will move on.”
Tony Adams said, “Martinez was incredible in their cup run. He was absolutely sensational and I do like big ones and what Leno does struggle with, for me, is crosses and stuff.”
“But it isn’t about me. Arteta’s gone, ‘No, Leno is my number one, I like him’, and he’s put all his faith in him. But I don’t believe that he’s a top-four goalkeeper, for me.”
“Martinez, it was a coincidence, everything fell into place for Arsenal in the cup competition last year, it was like it was written in the stars.”