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MetiNews.Com - Arsenal transfer news takes a closer look at what selling Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa could mean for the club's pursuit of Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar
Breaking News ! Arsenal have announced the departure of Emiliano Martinez. It was reported over the weekend that a £20m deal taking the goalkeeper to Aston Villa was done, and now it has officially been confirmed. "Emi Martinez has joined Aston Villa in permanent transfer," a statement on the Gunners' official website reads. "The Argentinean international goalkeeper, a hugely popular figure around the club, signed for us 10 years ago in August 2010 from home city side Independiente. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now "Everyone at Arsenal thanks Emi for his contribution to club over the past 10 years and we wish him all the best for the future." As previously reported by football.london, the north London outfit wanted to keep Martinez were prepared to offer him a new contract that would have come with a significant pay rise on his £25,000-a-week salary. Although, they were always aware that the goalkeeper wanted regular first-team football in order to commit his long-term future to the club. "I have shown the club that I can play for them and when I return next season I need to have more games," Martinez said last month. "That is the only way I will stay at Arsenal. "My target is to consolidate my place with Arsenal and to reach the Argentinian national team as number one. "I won't stop until I get that and if I don’t play for Arsenal, then clearly I would move on." Read More Related Articles Arsenal to get £1m windfall if Chuba Akpom seals Middlesbrough transfer Read More Related Articles Arsenal can eclipse Liverpool's Thiago transfer plans with Thomas Partey deal And a clear indication of Martinez's status came last weekend when he was left out of the matchday squad for the Premier League season opener against Fulham. As a result, the Gunners have made a decision that means they have received a much-needed cash injection which could be very useful. Following the arrivals of Brazilian pair Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, as well as Dani Ceballos on loan, Mikel Arteta is now expected to reshape his Arsenal midfield before the summer transfer window closes. football.
. In addition, a creative midfielder is also on Arteta's radar and Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar fits the bill.
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Partey's release clause in his contract at Atletico Madrid is £45m, and technical director Edu is reportedly in negotiations with Lyon for Aouar who could cost £10m more. All of which means the Gunners have to raise funds in order to bolster their midfield options. And that's where selling Martinez to Aston Villa for £20m could come in handy.
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