Trevor Sinclair has questioned Arsenal’s decision to pursue Aaron Ramsdale just 12 months after selling Emiliano Martinez to Arsenal.
The Sheffield United goalkeeper is being targeted by Mikel Arteta’s side as they look to bolster their squad ahead of the new Premier League season which kicks off next month.
Ramsdale could be available for a fee of £32million following the Blades’ relegation from the top flight, particularly given his consistent displays last term and his involvement for England in this summer’s Euro 2020 campaign.
However the pursuit has been question by ex-Premier League man Sinclair who believes that now-Aston Villa goalkeeper Martinez would have been a superior option to the 23-year-old Sheffield United man.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, Sinclair said: “Listen, I don’t get it. We’ve said before, Emi Martinez going to Villa – why?
“He was playing superbly well for Arsenal. They’ve allowed their best ‘keeper to leave and now they are chasing their tail trying to get someone in to give competition for Leno.
“I just don’t understand how Arsenal is being run as a football club. For me, that Emi Martinez one should have never gone through. I know he wanted to play, but let those two goalkeepers play it out for the No.1 jersey and keep it honest.
“They’ve not done it and they’ve let him go and he has been superb at Villa.
“I think for Aaron Ramsdale, that will be a great move for him. It’s a huge club Arsenal and it is quite a big fee.”
It’s hard to argue with Trevor Sinclair’s verdict.
Emiliano Martinez has been one of the Premier League’s top goalkeepers over the last 12 months and so for Arsenal to be looking at a more expensive deal to sign Aaron Ramsdale will certainly raise questions.
Of course with the Sheffield United man you have the huge sell-on potential.
At 23 years of age Ramsdale is only going to get better and so while Arsenal would have to pay a substantial fee it seems that they’d be almost guaranteed to recoup that fee in a few years’ time.