I can not believe that some Arsenal fans are still obsessed by Emiliano Martinez.
I have never known an Arsenal player to have played so little, but has so many fan boys.
Arsenal on seemingly on the verge of signing Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United for £24million.
This has led loads of idiots to say “only Arsenal could sell one of the best keepers in the league for £14million to sign a bloke that got relegated for £30million”.
Let’s Ignore the way they are undervaluing the Martinez deal and over valuing the Ramsdale one for a second…
Are these people deluded? Let us remind ourselves of the Martinez situation:
- Martinez had been at Arsenal for 10 years
- In that time he had 6 loan deals
- He had played 15 Premier League games in 10 years for Arsenal
- He was 2nd choice to Bernd Leno
- Leno had 300 top flight games to his name
- Martinez had 1 year left on his contract and refused to sign a new one unless he was guaranteed first team football
- Arsenal can not guarantee anyone first team football
- So he left
Martinez turns 29-years-old in a few months. We sold him a few days shy of his 28th birthday.
So we got £18million for a 28-year-old goal keeper who had just a handful of appearances to his name and was demanding first team football. So in demand was he that he joined Aston Villa who finished the season 17th.
Arsenal did not want to let Martinez go. We offered him a new deal.
Instead of stay and fight for his place at a top club, Martinez decided to leave and join a club who would be battling towards the bottom of the table.
Part of me thinks “fair play he wanted to play first team football”. The other part of me thinks “he found his level with Aston Villa”.
The reason his fee was low was due to having a year left on his contract and there being no one other than Aston Villa interested in him.
One year on and I do not exactly see many teams knocking down Villa’s door to sign Martinez. He has found his level. A lower to mid-table Premier League team.
So on to Ramsdale…
Ramsdale’s situation is very different to Martinez.
He has just turned 23-years-old; so we can still talk about the potential he has as a keeper (in comparison to Martinez who was 28 when we sold him).
Despite his age, he already has 2 top flight seasons under his belt – with 75 Premier League games for Bournemouth and Sheffield United.
That is more than 20 Premier League games than Martinez who is 6 years his senior!
So whilst Arsenal sold a keeper who was at his peak, unlikely to improve, they would be signing a young keeper who will only get better.
Ramsdale also has 3 years left on his contract – so like with Ben White his club can afford to keep hold of him if their terms are not met.
Arsenal did not have this option with Martinez. The choices were:
- Sell to Villa for £18million
- Keep and lose for free in 12 months
We can debate whether a deal up towards £24million is too much for Ramsdale – it probably is about right.
But ultimately Edu and his team know the accounts, the maths.
If they think signing Ramsdale for £30million does not impact our financial ability to sign players elsewhere, then it really does not matter.
Ramsdale is a good keeper and in a years time could be ready to step up to be 1st choice.
My feeling is no matter what transfer business Arsenal did this summer, the same fans will moan.
Being an “Anti-Fan” and always taking a position against what you club is doing has become something people have used to gain followers and clout on Twitter.
These fans do not actually have their own opinion. They just disagree with everything.
Ramsdale joins Arsenal, I will be backing him from the terraces. Meanwhile the moaners and complainers are probably filming themselves watching the game alone on a dodgy stream.
Selling a 28 year old goalkeeper with 15 Premier League appearances for £18million and replacing him with a 23 year old goalkeeper with 75 Premier League appearances for £24million is great business
Have a good afternoon.