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Jamie Carragher thinks Arsenal’s title chances would be boosted if they had player Mikel Arteta sold

Jamie Carragher has claimed he’d be more confident Arsenal could win the Premier League if they had Emiliano Martinez in goal.

Speaking on Sky Sports yesterday, the Liverpool legend expressed concerns over Arsenal’s goalkeeping situation.
David Raya has received plenty of criticism lately after a couple of blunders in the 4-3 win at Luton Town on Tuesday.

There has been plenty of noise surrounding Mikel Arteta’s decision to bring the Spaniard into his side at the expense of Aaron Ramsdale.

Arteta backed Raya ahead of yesterday’s 1-0 defeat at Villa Park, stating the loanee’s form has been ‘really impressive’. The 28-year-old didn’t put a foot wrong yesterday and was helpless to prevent John McGinn’s winner.
Yet, Jamie Carragher remains unconvinced by either of Arsenal’s goalkeeping options and suggested they’d have a better chance of winning the league with Emiliano Martinez between the sticks.
Carragher thinks Arsenal’s title chances would be boosted with Martinez in goal

Carragher was commentating on last night’s game at Villa and raised concerns about Raya and Ramsdale.
He then admitted he’d be more confident over Arsenal’s title chances if they still had Martinez.

“When you talk about Arsenal going for a title, there’s such a long way to go,” Carragher said. “They’ve had a brilliant start but the one thing at the back of my mind is how they win the league with the goalkeeper they’ve got, Raya, or if Ramsdale comes in.

“I’d certainly be a lot more confident if that man [Emi Martinez] was in goal.”
Martinez left Arsenal back in 2020 as he joined Villa for a fee worth £17 million. The Argentine enjoyed a decent run in Arteta’s side in the 2019-20 campaign while Bernd Leno was out injured.

Arteta ultimately decided to keep Leno as Martinez moved on for regular first-team football.

Of course, Leno was ultimately replaced by Ramsdale just a year later but Martinez has thrived at Villa Park.

The 31-year-old lifted the World Cup last year and has scooped the Yashin Trophy and the best men’s goalkeeper prize at the FIFA awards this year.

He’s certainly proven to be an elite goalkeeper over the past couple of years. But the move to Villa was in the best interest of all parties involved at the time.

It feels unlikely that Martinez would have got the required minutes at Arsenal to develop into the goalkeeper he is today.

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