Mikel Arteta has “no regrets” about decision which devastated Ian Wright

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has claimed he still has “no regrets” about selling Emiliano Martinez, despite Alex Runarsson’s struggles.

The decision to sell Martinez to Aston Villa during the summer window divided opinion after the Argentinian ended last season in fine form.

He played a key role in the Gunners winning the FA Cup and Community Shield, while first-choice keeper Bernd Leno was injured.

However, Leno’s return to fitness saw him reclaim his place in the Arsenal line-up, forcing Martinez to make the move to the Midlands.

Martinez won the FA Cup and Community Shield in his final two competitive appearances for the club

Arsenal legend Ian Wright admitted he was devastated to see Martinez leave the club, preempting the difficulty they are now facing.

“I was devastated to see him leave Arsenal, but he wants to be Argentina number one,” he said earlier this month.

“He has done brilliantly at Villa and he is helping them to win games.”

Arteta replaced his back-up keeper with former Dijon stopper Runarsson, but he endured a difficult night as the Gunners crashed out of the Carabao Cup against Man City.

Ian Wright admitted he was devastated Martinez left the club

The Iceland international allowed a Riyad Mahrez free kick to squirm through his hands in the 4-1 defeat, on another miserable night for Arteta’s side.

Runarsson was forced to delete his social media account following the loss after intense criticism from supporters, but Arteta defended his summer business.

Asked about selling Martinez, he said: “There’s no point having any regrets.

Mikel Arteta said he had no regrets over his summer business

“There’s different reasons why we had to do that transaction. We did it and it’s a part of the past.

“He had a really good few months last season and he really helped us and obviously when our goalkeeper makes an error, these things are going to come up.”

“We decided to play him tonight for many reasons and that responsibility is for all of us.”

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Alex Runar Runarsson endured a miserable night as Arsenal were beaten 4-1 against Man City

  “We win and lose together and Alex has played other games,” the Arsenal boss added on his decision to play the keeper.

“We decided to play him tonight for many reasons and that responsibility is for all of us.”

Martinez now has seven clean sheets in 12 games for Villa, with Dean Smith’s side enjoying an impressive start to their second campaign back in the top-flight.

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