Ian Wright fears Chelsea will sign ‘fantastic’ Arsenal star Emiliano Martinez

Ian Wright fears Chelsea will sign Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez

Ian Wright fears Chelsea will sign Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez (Picture: BBC)

Ian Wright is ‘frightened’ Frank Lampard will tell Chelsea to sign Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Lampard dropped Kepa – the most expensive goalkeeper in history and Chelsea’s record signing – for the Blues’ final Premier League match against Wolves on Sunday.

That decision has sparked fresh speculation that Lampard will offload the Spaniard this summer and look to bring at least one new goalkeeper to Stamford Bridge.

Wright fears that player could end up being Arsenal’s Martinez, who has impressed since first-choice Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno suffered an injury earlier in the season.

Speaking on the Kelly and Wrighty Show, the Arsenal legend said: ‘When you go to a No.2, the first thing you do is worry because you think, “Has he had enough games? Will he be able to deal with the pressure?”

‘Obviously there’s no fans there, but everybody spoke about Emi and how good he is, but I didn’t realise how good he was because I didn’t see enough of him.

Martinez has impressed for the Gunners since Bernd Leno's injury

Martinez has impressed for the Gunners since Bernd Leno’s injury (Picture: Getty)

‘I saw him in some cup games but he’s commanding, he makes great saves, he’s good on the ground, he’s got everything for a No.2.

‘The thing that frightens me now with him is that when Bernd Leno does come back and he is fit, why would he want to continue as a No.2 when he’s played to this level being a No.1?

‘He will surely want to go and be a No 1 now.’

Wright added: ‘What frightens me is you look at someone like Frank [Lampard] and you look at what Chelsea’s doing, you just say to yourself, “Do you know something? Can we prise him away?”

Frank Lampard could look to offload Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer (Picture: Getty)

‘This is what worries me, simply because you look at what he’s done and how he plays, he is better than Kepa now.

‘I think he’s probably better than Bernd Leno if I’m going to be totally honest, from what I’ve seen. I’d be gutted [if Martinez left].

‘To be honest I don’t want Bernd to go but what I’m saying about [Martinez] is we’ve got to be very careful with him because if Bernd does come back, he’s now played in a situation where he’s played fantastically, he’s been brilliant, and he’s probably got the taste for that now, so why would you want to go back to being a No.2 and not playing?’

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