Emiliano Martinez is set to leave Arsenal after the club agree a fee of £20m with fellow Premier league side Aston Villa for the goalkeeper.
The 28-year-Old Argentine international will end his over ten years association with Arsenal having first joined the club at the age of 16 as a youth teamer.
Martinez struggled to break into the Arsenal’s first team and spent a lot of time out on loan over the years. He featured on loan for clubs like Oxford United, Rotherham, Wolverhampton, Sheffield Wednesday, Getafe and Reading while still on the books of Arsenal.
His loan spell at Reading in the 2018/2019 season was the most impressive of all his previous loan experience. His performance for the Championship club saw him being voted as the club’s player of the season by the fans.
He returned back to Arsenal in confident mood ahead of the 2019/2020 season hoping to fight for the number one spot with German international Bernd Leno. However his plans didn’t go as he hoped as he was still made to play second fiddle to the Arsenal’s number one (Leno).
Emiliano Martínez eventually get his chance as a regular at the Emirates following Leno’s injury against Brighton after the project restart. The Argentine goalkeeper won the hearts of the Emirates faithful with impressive performances week in week out in the absence of Bernd Leno. He also gave a very assured performance in the Gunners run to FA Cup glory especially in the Semi finals victory over Manchester City.
Following Bernd Leno’s recovery from injury, Martinez has informed Arsenal hierarchy that he wouldn’t like to become a second choice ahead of the upcoming season, and will like to leave the club if he would not be assured of the number one spot. Despite the fact that Arsenal never wish to let go of Martinez, they have reluctantly agreed to grant his wish of departure in search of regular football after Aston Villa meet the club’s £20m valuation of the Argentine goalkeeper.
Martinez has already agreed a reported 4year deal worth £60,000 per week to move to Villa Park, And the deal is set to be completed in the coming days as reported by @TeleFootball.