Arsenal legend Tony Adams has made a claim that Bernd Leno is not a ‘top four goalkeeper’ and has warned Mikel Arteta that he may end up in regrets for letting Emiliano Martinez leave for Aston Villa.
Leno was in post for the Gunners for most part of the 2019-20 season until he got injured in the latter part of the season and Martinez finally had his chance.
Martinez had endured six spells on loan at Arsenal in eight years and when the opportunity came he grasped it with impressive performances helping the club to win the FA Cup against Chelsea and the Community Shield against Liverpool.
The return of Leno from injury saw him reinstated at Arsenal’s No.1 and Martinez sold to Aston Villa where he has already kept two clean sheets and saved a penalty on his debut against Sheffield United.
Leno conceded three goals at Anfield on Monday night and after watching that, former Gunners defender Tony Adams questioned his credentials as a ‘top four goalkeeper’ highlighting on the impact of Martinez last season.
He told Astro SuperSport: “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 he’s a top four goalkeeper, for me.
“Martinez, it was coincidence, everyghing fell into place for Arsenal in the cup competition last year, it was like it was written in the stars.
“This goalkeeper comes in, been at the club for 10 years and not played 10 games, and he stops everything! He was a man possessed, he was absolutely incredible. And for me he was the No.1.
“Now you’ve made the opportunity, you’ve got experience, go okay, yep. But Arteta is the man, he’s chosen a different goalkeeper.”
Leno kept a clean sheet in their season opener against Fulham but have conceded four goals in the last two games.
Arsenal will play Sheffield United who are yet to register a goal this seaon at the Emirates on Sunday.