Emiliano Martinez Completes £20m Transfer To Aston Villa From Arsenal

Aston Villa have signed Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez on a four-year deal.

The Argentine becomes Villa's third major addition, following the arrivals of club-record signing Ollie Watkins from Brentford and defender Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest.

Martinez posted an emotional farewell message to Arsenal supporters on Tuesday, in which he outlined his frustration at a lack of playing time during the majority of his 11-year stay at the club.

In a post on Instagram, the 28-year-old Argentinian said: “I could not be happier to leave through the front door, with the Arsenal fanbase supporting me.

“I'm very grateful for the 11 years at Arsenal, even if it was hard for me and I suffered through my time.

“Season after season I was trying come back to the club I love to try and have my chance.

“I'm proud to have overcome my frustration and show the Arsenal fanbase what it missed ten years ago. I knew I could do the same thing years before.

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“It was hard, but I knew there was light at the end of the tunnel.”

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Efe Bridget is a writer at GoalBall. She is a graduate of Mass Communication with 12 years of experience working with reputable publications.