Arsenal fans have hit back at Tony Adams after his comments about Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
Adams questioned Arsenal’s decision to allow Martinez to leave after he impressed when stepping in for the injured Bernd Leno at the back end of last season.
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“Martinez was incredible in their cup run. He was absolutely sensational,” the former Gunners captain told Astro SuperSport. “What Leno does struggle with, for me, is crosses.
“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 that he’s a top-four goalkeeper.
“Martinez, it was coincidence, everything fell into place for Arsenal in the cup competition last year.
“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.
“For me he was the number one… but Arteta’s the man and he’s chosen a different goalkeeper.”
The comments left a number of Arsenal fans on social media furious, with one saying: “Tony Adams, great player, great captain. Absolutely shocking opinions.”
“Tony Adams is wrong,” wrote another. “Leno is a top 4 keeper. But we are not a top 4 team yet in terms of squad quality.”
A third posted: “May not command his area as we’d like him to but to say he isn’t a top 4 keeper is absurd. What is with all these ridiculous takes lately?!”
“Tony Adams isn’t a manager for a reason,” responded another.
While a fifth said: “Let Tony Adams keep quiet please! Legend doesn’t mean you come and spit rubbish about players currently doing their best for the team,let him be. Leno is who we’ve got and Leno is the one who’ll get the job done.”