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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had major concerns over signing Manchester United ace Lisandro Martinez because of the Argentine’s lack of height.

Lisandro Martinez chose Manchester United over Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

© Provided by MetroLisandro Martinez chose Manchester United over Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

The Argentine joined United from Ajax in an initial £47m deal earlier this summer but he’s struggled in his opening two matches for the Red Devils.

Martinez has played left centre-back alongside Harry Maguire, keeping the likes of Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane out of the side.

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The 24-year-old has played numerous positions during his career, including left-back and defensive midfield.

He played in both positions under Erik ten Hag at Ajax but he was mainly utilised as a centre-back and the Dutchman has spoken of Martinez exclusively as a central defender.

Arsenal were initially the frontrunners for Martinez but they failed to agree a deal for the Argentina international, with Ajax turning down two bids from the Gunners.

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The Gunners were unwilling to match United’s eventual bid and they soon switched their attention on other targets when it became apparent that Martinez preferred a move to Old Trafford.

Martinez has started at left centre-back in the first two matches of the season (Picture: Getty)

© Provided by MetroMartinez has started at left centre-back in the first two matches of the season (Picture: Getty)

But Arteta had planned on playing Martinez at left-back as he valued the Argentine’s ability on the ball, his tenacity in the tackle and his mentality.

Though the Spaniard was clearly a fan of the Argentine, the Athletic say the Gunners had concerns over Martinez’s lack of height and did not feel he was capable of playing at centre-back in the Premier League.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank admitted following his side’s 4-0 win on Saturday that the Bees targeted Martinez in the air.

But Ten Hag has no plans to alter his plans and Martinez is set to continue as a centre-back in his system.

United have made their worst start to a season in over 100 years and they face Liverpool at Old Trafford next Monday

Arsenal had major concern over signing Manchester United star Lisandro Martinez (msn.com)

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