Arsenal fans send brutal Aaron Ramsdale message to Emi Martinez in Aston Villa win

In pictures: Arsenal v Aston Villa

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Arsenal fans brutally roasted Emi Martinez with an Aaron Ramsdale chant as Mikel Arteta’s side beat Aston Villa 3-1 at the Emirates on Friday night. Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith Rowe scored before Jacob Ramsey struck a late consolation as the dominant Gunners moved into the top half of the Premier League table.

Ramsdale enjoyed a much more comfortable night than his opposite number Martinez, although the Arsenal keeper did have to make an impressive save from Emi Buendia.

There was a slightly nervy ending for Arteta’s side as Leon Bailey went close with a free-kick before Ramsdale was beaten by Ramsey’s consolation, but the result was never really in doubt once Smith Rowe had made it 3-0 early in the second half.

The Gunners had started with impressive intensity which was rewarded when Thomas Partey headed in Smith Rowe’s corner to score his first goal for the club.

They were unable to take any more of their chances until Alexandre Lacazette drew a foul in the area on the stroke of half-time. Martinez saved from the resultant penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the Argentine’s heroics proved in vain when his former team-mate fired home the rebound.

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Arsenal’s dominant attacking display had the home fans in buoyant mood at the Emirates.

And at one point they turned their attentions on Martinez as they sang: “Aaron Ramsdale, he’s better than you.”

Martinez became a favourite with Gunners supporters after he stepped in impressively when Bernd Leno was injured towards the end of the 2019/20 season.

He played the entirety of Arsenal’s run to FA Cup glory, which included wins over Manchester City and Chelsea, and also kept clean sheets in league wins over Southampton, Norwich and Wolves.

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His performances led to calls from many fans for him to be installed as the club’s new No1, but Arteta kept faith with Leno and Martinez was sold to Villa for £15m at the beginning of last season.

The keeper showed Arsenal what they were missing as he kept 15 clean sheets for Dean Smith’s side last term – a tally bettered only by Man City’s Ederson and Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy.

And that form earned him a debut for Argentina in June, with the 29-year-old establishing himself as his country’s first-choice keeper for their triumphant Copa America campaign.

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Meanwhile, Arsenal turned to Ramsdale to ease their goalkeeping concerns this summer, signing him from Sheffield United for £25m in August.

The 23-year-old has made a decent start to life at Arsenal so far, and is yet to be on the losing side since ousting Leno from the No1 spot three games into the season.

Ramsdale made his debut in a 6-0 Carabao Cup win over West Brom, before keeping clean sheets in wins over Norwich and Burnley in his first two Premier League games for the Gunners.

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Arsenal extended their run to three straight league wins with victory over Spurs, then were held by Brighton and Crystal Palace before Friday night’s impressive win over Villa.

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