Speaking recently on Match of the Day, Ian Wright raved about Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, following the club’s 1-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Since moving to Villa from Arsenal in what was a £15.66 million deal back in September, Martinez has gone on to feature 10 times for Dean Smith’s side, keeping five clean sheets and conceding 13 goals along the way.
The latest of the £10.8 million-rated 28-year-old’s clean sheets came against Wolves on Saturday, when, despite facing seven shots on target, the ‘keeper stood firm in the Villa net, helping his side to secure all three points, and earning a WhoScored match rating of 8.52 – ranking him as the best player on the pitch in the game.
In reaction to the shot-stopper’s Man of the Match performance, Wright heaped praise on the Argentine on Match of the Day, stating his belief that Martinez is a very talented goalkeeper and has been a great signing for Dean Smith’s side.
He said (35:15): “Four of their five away games they’ve won now, and he’s the reason why. It was devastating to see him leave Arsenal but he wants to be the Argentinian number one and when you look at what he’s done for Villa up to this point, he’s got five clean sheets out of nine Premier League games, he’s just a very, very good goalkeeper. He’s done brilliantly at Villa, he’s a fantastic signing, he’s helping them to win games.”
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TIF Thoughts on Ian Wright’s comments regarding Emiliano Martinez…
As can be seen from the statistics mentioned previously, Wright is correct to point how just how impressive Martinez has been since joining Villa.
And, considering the fact that the Villains currently occupy 10th place in the Premier League table, five points ahead of the ‘keeper’s former club Arsenal – prior to Arsenal’s clash with Burnley on Sunday evening – we can also understand why the former Arsenal striker was disappointed to see the 28-year-old sold by Mikel Arteta’s side, although we assume this will not bother the Villa fans one bit.