Birmingham news Keown shares Martinez 'disappointment' after Heaton to Arsenal claims MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Arsenal were linked with a move for Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton this month after selling Emiliano Martinez to Dean Smith's side in the summer transfer window
Breaking News ! Martin Keown has criticised Arsenal’s decision to sell Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa after his former side were forced to reinforce their goalkeeping department. Martinez joined Villa in a £20million deal in September despite seeing out last season as Arsenal’s first-choice stopper following an injury to Germany international Bernd Leno. He helped the Gunners lift the FA Cup and started the Community Shield victory against Liverpool in August, but was told afterwards that Leno would return as Mikel Arteta’s No.1. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now While Martinez has thrived at Villa Park - only Manchester City’s Ederson has kept more clean sheets in the Premier League - his departure created a problem for Arsenal. The goalkeeper they signed shortly after, Iceland international Alex Runarsson, has struggled and made several high-profile errors. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta confirmed his plans to reinforce the position earlier in the month and there were claims Villa's Tom Heaton was a potential option. Sign up to our Villa newsletter for Morgan Sanson transfer updates Why should you sign up? Villa have been strongly linked with a move for the Marseille star, with fans excitedly awaiting his possible arrival. With that in mind, we will bring you all the news around the French midfielder's future. In our daily Aston Villa bulletin, we'll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans. How do you sign up? It's easy and only takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit sign up. And that's it, you're all set. You can also sign up here.
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Heaton has been back on the bench for Villa in the last four league matches having recently returned from injury. Instead, Arsenal have swooped to take Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan on loan to the Emirates - and Keown told talkSPORT: “Runarsson didn't really catch the eye or the performance that we would have expected. “If you remember in the League Cup [against City] there were a few mistakes [but he's a] very young man, of course, who has got a big career ahead of him. “I was disappointed to see Martinez leave in the first place, when you consider he climbed a mountain last year to get into the team. But I imagine they couldn't afford to keep two, what I would call, first-string goalkeepers.
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“Financially, maybe, they didn't see that was the right way forward and he was allowed to leave. “This is a good adjustment, Mat Ryan coming in. 59 caps for Australia and he's their number one goalkeeper. He's been out of the team at Brighton. “He's coming with good experience and that's what Arsenal need in the event that Leno gets injured at any point.”
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