Emiliano Martinez has left Arsenal and joined Aston Villa, it has been officially confirmed by both clubs.
The 28-year-old Argentinian joined Arsenal reserves 10 years ago, but most of his time on the club’s books was spent on numerous loans. Last summer, he returned from his temporary spell at Reading to act as the first deputy to regular number one choice Bernd Leno, and when the German injured his ligaments in a clash with Brighton and Hove Albion’s Neal Maupay on June 25, he finally got a proper chance to show what he can do.
His performances since then, and right up to the Community Shield win over Liverpool, were immaculate. However, with Leno now back, he was set to return to the bench and this time he judged it was time to move on.
Martinez is aware that those performances proved crucial for him to be the goalkeeper he is, just as his time in north London played a big part in his life in every aspect, personal as well as professional, and speaking to the club’s official website, he said that Arsenal were understanding and showed him nothing but respect for his decision to leave.
Emi also had a message for the club’s supporters. He believes they should trust the process currently unfolding and that things are going in the right direction under Mikel Arteta.
“I feel weird, lit’s been over a decade at the club,” he said.
“Everyone knows how much I love Arsenal, and how hard I worked to have the chance that I had in the past few months.
“I am in love with this club, I am so grateful to the Arsenal family for giving me the opportunity to be here over a decade and I wish Arsenal the best of luck, I hope they get back into the Champions League and win many more trophies because the Arsenal fanbase deserves that, the club as well.
“I just want to say to the fans that they should trust the process, they are doing a really good work with Mikel and his staff and I wish them all the best.”