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MetiNews.Com - The Gunners have confirmed that Emi Martinez has left to join Aston Villa
Breaking News ! Emi Martinez has left Arsenal to join Aston Villa it has been confirmed on Wednesday [September 16]. He has signed a four-year deal with the Birmingham-based club. Arsenal are understood to have received the £20million valuation they put on Martinez from Villa, who the goalkeeper underwent a medical with on Saturday [September 12], as revealed by footbal.london. The Argentine leaves the Gunners after 10 years of service, which came to an end with him playing instrumental part in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea and the Community Shield win over Liverpool. Having just turned 28-years-old, Martinez had to bide his time before getting his first real chance to prove himself worthy of being the club's first choice goalkeeper. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now Replacing the injured Bernd Leno in June, Martinez exceeded expectations with consistent performances between the sticks. What impressed even more was the confidence he had with the ball at his feet which was crucial to goals in the FA Cup semi-final and the Community Shield wins. Ahead of taking the next step in his career, Martinez requested a leaving interview in which he addressed the fans and the club to express his gratitude before leaving. Read More Related Articles Arsenal join transfer race for midfielder as two Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang offers revealed Read More Related Articles Emiliano Martinez sends emotional farewell message to Arsenal ahead of £20m Aston Villa transfer "I always had that feeling that I would have my chance here at Arsenal, that season after season I was always trying to come back to the club I love to have my chance," he said. "I done it, I waited, I overcome the frustration because football is not always easy like everyone things. I said to my teammates that this is my time. I'm 27 years old, I have loads on my back. The challenge was there, the power was there, I just needed the confidence and I had it. "That's why, when I started against Southampton, I had a clean sheet, against Norwich I had a clean sheet and it looks like I had been playing week-in, week-out. "I am proud to overcome my frustration to overcome challenges because I knew I could do the same thing as before. But I truly believe that keepers have different times and different paths. Read More Related Articles Emiliano Martinez leaves Arsenal to join Aston Villa in £20m transfer Read More Related Articles Arsenal target Houssem Aouar may have played final game for Lyon amid £50m transfer talk "I said to my wife, at the end of the season, 'I don't know how many games I will play, but I will get to Wembley'. And when I was there, I was actually enjoying it, I wasn't anxious, I wasn't nervous. I was full of confidence. 'This was my time'.
. "I had 11 years at the club, and even if it was a hard road for me, and I suffered through my time at Arsenal, today I am happy and I tried to show young goalies how work pays off. When you work hard, you are not going to be happy the whole time, you are going to have frustration, bad times in life. "You have to overpass that and see the light. When I won the FA Cup at the Community Shield, I saw blue skies and it was the right time for me to step up.
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"They all understood at Arsenal and they support me for my decision. The Arsenal fanbase were always there for me, I felt their love. "Even when Bernd got injured this season, I received loads of messages like 'we trust in you,' 'you are our goalie'. That made me confident, made me win games and made me the keeper I am today. "They understood my story and they love the way I worked in the club. I am so glad to be part of the Arsenal family for 11 years."
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