Lionel Messi calls Arsenal’s ex-star the ‘greatest in the world,’ highlighting the club’s transfer blunder.
Lionel Messi has made a remark regarding a former Arsenal player.
Lionel Messi has heaped praise on Emiliano Martinez, the former Arsenal goalkeeper and Argentina teammate, stating that the now-Aston Villa man is one of the best players in his position in the world. In the most recent international break, Martinez has maintained two clean sheets in a succession for Argentina, drawing 0-0 with Paraguay on Friday and thumping Uruguay 3-0 on Monday.
The 29-year-old was particularly impressive against Uruguay, making several outstanding stops to deny Luis Suarez and motivate his team to victory.
Martinez was also praised earlier this season for psyching out Bruno Fernandes and causing him to miss a last-minute penalty in Villa’s 1-0 triumph at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
And many believe that allowing him to leave when he joined the midlanders for £20 million last year was a massive mistake by the Gunners.
After the Uruguay game, in which Messi scored the game’s first goal, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner was asked about his teammate’s recent excellent performances.
“Dibu [Emiliano] Martinez is crucial,” he replied.
He constantly responds when people approach him.
“He established himself in goal, and we now have one of the world’s top goalkeepers.”
Martinez appears to be having a good time at the moment, having preserved three clean sheets for Villa so far this season, despite the fact that Dean Smith’s side is now in tenth place in the Premier League, only four points off the Champions League places.
He did not appear to have any regrets about leaving Arsenal while speaking at the start of the season.
He replied, “They (Villa) opened the way for me.” “They might have been scared about me going to a Champions League team after the Copa America in the summer, but the first thing I told the director was, ‘I want to be here.’
“It’s a club that has helped me become a No. 1 and play every single league game, and I owe them a debt of gratitude.”
“It’s a club I’d like to be a part of, and I adore everything about Aston Villa, particularly the fans, and I can’t wait to see a packed Villa Park.”
In the current international break, Argentina has one more game. “Brinkwire News Summary.”