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Martin Keown questions Arsenal's decision to sell Emiliano Martinez

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Martin Keown questions whether Arsenal made the right decision in allowing Emiliano Martinez to join Aston Villa.
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Martin Keown has claimed that Arsenal should have retained the services of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

At a time when Bernd Leno was sidelined with a knee injury, Martinez made a positive impression between the sticks, helping the Gunners win the FA Cup.

However, Mikel Arteta opted to recall Leno on his return to the squad, resulting in Martinez being allowed to join Aston Villa.

While the North London outfit put the funds towards making several high-profile additions, Keown has cast doubt over the decision after Leno struggled against Rapid Vienna on Thursday evening.

Speaking to BT Sport, Keown said: "Having let Martinez go, who was magnificent, to see Leno making these types of mistakes, you wonder whether it was the right call.

"It was a difficult night for Leno. The team had their backs to the wall but showed very good character to get back into it.

"A couple of changes were made. I thought when they changed it actually and went to a back five, the pictures then became more familiar to the players and they found a way to win this match."

Martinez has started in each of Villa's four successive wins in the Premier League this season. body check tags ::

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Tottenham HotspurSpurs106312191221
2Liverpool106312217521
3Chelsea1054122101219
4Leicester CityLeicester106131812619
5Southampton105231916317
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves105231111017
7Everton105141917216
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd95131616016
9Aston Villa85031911815
10Manchester CityMan City94321511415
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham94231510514
12Leeds UnitedLeeds104241517-214
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle104241215-314
14Arsenal104151012-213
15Crystal Palace104151215-313
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton102441416-210
17West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom10136718-116
18Fulham10127918-95
19Burnley9126417-135
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd10019416-121
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