Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez completes £20m transfer to Premier League rivals Aston Villa as Gunners

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez completes £20m transfer to Premier League rivals Aston Villa as Gunners
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By talkSPORT

16th September 2020,
10:05 am

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has completed a £20million transfer to Premier League rivals Aston Villa.

The 28-year-old has put pen-to-paper at Villa Park to depart the Emirates after ten years.

Martinez was not prepared to play second fiddle at Arsenal

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Martinez was not prepared to play second fiddle at Arsenal

talkSPORT previously revealed that the Argentine underwent his medical last Saturday after being left out the matchday squad for the Gunners’ Premier League opener against Fulham – which they won 3-0.

Martinez impressed while stepping in for the injured Bernd Leno last season, keeping nine clean sheets in 23 games.

He ended the 2019/20 season by helping Arsenal lift the FA Cup, and began the current campaign by keeping his place for the Community Shield defeat of Liverpool.

But he was replaced by the fit-again Leno for the Gunners’ first 2020/21 Premier League game, with the club’s No.1 taking back his shirt for the Craven Cottage victory.

It was a clear indication of Arsenal’s decision over their goalkeeper dilemma, after Martinez openly admitted he would seek a move away from the Emirates this summer after ten years if not given a fair shot at regular football.

Martinez is Villa’s third summer signing, following the club-record arrival of Brentford striker Ollie Watkins and addition of Nottingham Forest right-back Matty Cash.

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