Gunners legend Ian Wright says the decision to let Emi Martinez go is ‘costly’, with the Aston Villa keeper now worth more than what Arsenal got for him.

Martinez decided he wasn’t playing second fiddle to Bernd Leno and opted for a move away from the Emirates.

Back-up keeper Alex Runarsson didn’t inspire confidence last night against Manchester City and Wright admires Martinez’s decision to want to play first-team football.

He told Wrighty’s House Podcast: ““The thing with Emi is, I always look at players like that, he’s 26, 27, and he’s just said ‘I’m leaving’, it’s about me, and I admire that.

“I think that, even though towards the end I went to Burnley and I went to Scotland because it was a great experience to go to Scotland at that stage of my career, but during the meat and bones of my career, I don’t think I would have had that in me to say I’m leaving.”

“You have to admire that, now look at him, he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

“In the end, the money we got for him, you had to take, but he’s worth a lot more than that now.”

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