Trevor Sinclair is perplexed by Arsenal’s decision to offer £ 30million for Aaron Ramsdale after letting Emiliano Martinez go for £ 20million last summer.
The Argentina goalkeeper had a terrific first season for Aston Villa in the previous campaign, before helping Lionel Messi lift the Copa America this summer.
Conversely, Bernd Leno kept four fewer clean sheets in the Premier League and looked decidedly shaky without world-class competition in the Emirates.
Manager Mikel Arteta clearly wants to resolve the issues between the sticks, apparently submitting a gigantic move for Sheffield United striker Ramsdale.
“Look, I don’t understand,” Sinclair told White and Jordan of the decision to let Martinez go. “We have already said, Emi Martinez is going to Villa – why?
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“He was playing superbly well for Arsenal. They let their best keeper go and now they’re chasing their tail trying to get someone in to compete with Leno.
“I just don’t understand how Arsenal are run as a football club. For me, this Emi Martinez should never have been through that. I know he wanted to play, but let these two goalkeepers play for the shirt # 1 and be honest.
“They didn’t and they let him go and he was superb at Villa.
“I think for Aaron Ramsdale it will be a big step for him. It’s a huge Arsenal club and it’s quite expensive.
The 23-year-old went to the Championship with the Blades following his move from Bournemouth but secured a place in the England squad for Euro 2020.
It is understood that any offers for Leno, 29, which match the £ 22.5million paid by Arsenal to Bayer Leverkusen in 2018 would be accepted, with Ramsdale being the No.1 target ahead of West Brom’s Sam Johnstone.