Emiliano Martinez has joined Aston Villa on a four-year contract.© Twitter
Aston Villa introduced the signing of Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez on Wednesday for a reported price of 20 million kilos ($26 million). The 28-year-old Argentine, who has signed a four-year deal, helped Arsenal to FA Cup victory final season and Community Shield glory final month however confronted enjoying second fiddle to Bernd Leno this season. Villa boss Dean Smith mentioned: “We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.”
“We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top-class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our club for the long term.”
Martinez ends a 10-year affiliation with the Gunners, following Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins in transferring to Villa Park.
He was signed from Independiente in 2010, making 39 first-team appearances and spending time on mortgage at six golf equipment.
“Thank you, thank you for all of the years (of support),” Martinez informed Arsenal.com. “I thank God for having the opportunity over the past few months to show the Arsenal fanbase what I am made of, and why I went on loan so many times.
“It was all the time to return again and win them trophies and provides them silverware. I did it, I really feel prouder than ever.”
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