Is Emiliano Martinez the most boring fan in football?
It is now becoming so predictable.
There’s an international break and out trots Martinez in another interview to talk about Arsenal again.
I will begin by defending Martinez a bit. He can only answer the questions he is asked. And if a journalist is asking him about Arsenal, he can politely answer.
It probably shows how gargantuan Arsenal are that on every international break, journalists want to ask him about Arsenal and not Aston Villa.
Very few in England, let alone Argentina care about the 2nd club in England’s 2nd city.
This time it was some bollocks about him not wanting to join Arsenal in the first place.
A fair enough comment considering he was 18 when he joined us; and had to uproot himself from his family to move to a new continent.
But ultimately it was his decision and if Arsenal as as bad as he made out, why did he sign 3 or 4 contracts?
Only the most agenda driven Arsenal fans still side with Martinez – those that would agree with any critical comment about the club regardless of who says it. The “anti-fan”.
The majority call Martinez out for what he is. An obsessed, disgruntled former lover.
Let’s remember, Arsenal wanted Martinez to sign a new deal. He was promised that he would start the season as number one. He wanted a guarantee that he would remain number one.
Football clubs can not issue those guarantees. Especially to a player with just 15 Premier League starts to his name. So he left.
So good was he at Arsenal that when it came to him leaving – for a £20million price tag that was considered a steal – it was only Aston Villa that were in for him.
Villa finished that season 17th. 1 point off relegation.
According to some, “Martinez was the best keeper in the league last season” before “being key as Argentina won the Copa America”. And yet he is still at Villa.
Maybe his bitterness comes from regret?
Taking into account Bernd Leno’s form, Martinez would have started as number one and probably remained it for the entire of last season. Then this season he probably would have been given the number one jersey.
Instead he jumped ship and hoped after a good season a top club would come in for him again. No one came knocking.
There was talk at the beginning of the summer that Barcelona wanted to bring him in, reuniting with Lionel Messi. That was never going to happen.
So Martinez is now 29. His chances of ever being a regular number one at a top club dwindling. The best he can hope for is Aston Villa stay up and then in 3 years time, when his contract runs out, a top club sees him as a viable, cheap, home grown option as number two.
Maybe he will even return to Arsenal to cover Aaron Ramsdale.
For now, Martinez needs to stay quiet. Concentrate on his football, and stop obsessing about The Arsenal.
I look forward to his autobiography.