Tony Adams has criticised Mikel Arteta’s decision to sell Emiliano Martinez and reinstate Bernd Leno as No.1, as he’s not good enough for a top-four team.

Martinez was superb as he filled in for the injured Leno last season, and has since made a £17million move to Aston Villa, keeping two clean sheets in his opening two games.

“And I do like big ones and what Leno does struggle with, for me, is crosses and stuff.

“But it isn’t about me. Arteta’s gone, ‘No, Leno is my number one, I like him’ and he’s put all his faith in him.

“Martinez, it was coincidence, everything fell into place for Arsenal in the cup competition last year, it was like it was written in the stars.

“This goalkeeper comes in – been at the club for 10 years and not played 10 games – and he stops everything! He was a man possessed, he was absolutely incredible.

“And for me he was the number one. Now you’ve made the opportunity, you’ve got experience, go okay, yep.

Leno played well against Liverpool despite conceding three as Arsenal lost 3-1, making a number of crucial saves to keep his side in the game.

Carragher has changed his mind over Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

Keane questions how far Arteta can take Arsenal while he relies on the defensive trio.

Mikel Arteta was not too disheartened by Arsenal’s defeat because Liverpool are so good.

Liverpool were and are excellent. Arsenal really need a midfielder but have nothing to be ashamed of.

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal must “never give up” in their quest to beat Liverpool again on Monday.

The Gunners beat Liverpool in the league late last season and then on penalties in the Community Shield.

Sadly, we have no choice this week but to discuss The Handball Law. Sorry.

Liverpool feature heavily in Mediawatch, which takes its usual cynical look at the football media.

The Mailbox dissects Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal, from anger at Lacazette to Mane madness and Klopp v Keane.

Someone has agreed an option to spend £24.5m on the actual Andreas Pereira after a loan. Wow.

Liverpool won’t be signing anyone but could offload a couple. There is no Jadon Sancho on this list.


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