Ian Wright is fearful that Chelsea could try to sign Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Kepa has struggled this season and was dropped by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard as the Blues concluded their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 victory against Wolves.
Martinez, meanwhile, has excelled for Arsenal in the absence of the injured Bernd Leno, and Wright feels that the 27-year-old could be the answer to Chelsea’s goalkeeping problems.
Speaking on The Kelly and Wrighty Show, Arsenal legend Wright said: ‘What frightens me is you look at someone like Frank [Lampard] and you look at what Chelsea’s doing, you just say to yourself, “Do you know something? Can we prise him away?”
‘This is what worries me, simply because you look at what he’s done and how he plays, he is better than Kepa now.’
Leno, who suffered a knee injury against Brighton last month, is back in individual training, but Wright feels that Martinez is the superior option.
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta is likely to face a difficult decision regarding who his first-choice goalkeeper will be next season and Wright believes Arsenal should do all they can to keep Martinez.
Wright said: ‘I think he’s probably better than Bernd Leno if I’m going to be totally honest, from what I’ve seen. I’d be gutted [if Martinez left].
‘To be honest I don’t want Bernd to go but what I’m saying about [Martinez] is we’ve got to be very careful with him because if Bernd does come back, he’s now played in a situation where he’s played fantastically, he’s been brilliant, and he’s probably got the taste for that now, so why would you want to go back to being a No.2 and not playing?’.
Martinez is set to start against Chelsea in next week’s FA Cup final and the occasion will be a hugely significant one for the shot-stopper, who has had to be very patient during his ten years at Arsenal, being sent out on loan six times.
Prior to this season he had made just six Premier League appearances for Arsenal but he has seized his opportunity and has made some fantastic saves, including one to thwart his former team-mate Danny Welbeck in the victory against Watford on Sunday.