ARSENAL legend Ian Wright admits he is “frightened” the Gunners could lose Emiliano Martinez to Chelsea.
Frank Lampard’s side are on the hunt for a new keeper with Kepa Arrizabalaga totally out of favour under the gaffer.
Atletico Madrid No1 Jan Oblak has been the prime target – but Manchester United also appear keen on him.
That has reportedly led Stamford Bridge chiefs to turn their attention to North London.
Martinez has impressed mightily since coming in for the injured Bernd Leno.
Wright believes Chelsea’s qualification for the Champions League and Lampard’s success in bringing through youth could persuade Martinez to go elsewhere.
Speaking on the Kelly and Wrighty Show, he said: “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?’
“This is what worries me, simply because you look at what he’s done and how he plays, he is better than Kepa now.”
Leno suffered a knee injury against Brighton last month that ruled him out of the end of the season.
He returned to individual training today.
But Wright believes Martinez is the better goalie and said he would be “gutted” if he goes in the summer.
Wrighty said: “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?”
Martinez, who has been with the Gunners for 10 years, is set to start in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.