It seems to be only a matter of time before Emiliano Martinez is announced as a new Aston Villa player. The Argentine shot-stopper will leave Arsenal after a decade at the club. That is something that many Gunners supporters wouldn’t have predicted after his phenomenal end to last season.
Martinez came in for Bernd Leno and was one of Arsenal’s best players till the end of the campaign. He played a massive part in helping us win the FA Cup and the Community Shield, and many fans wanted him to be our new number one.
Arteta told Martinez that he wasn’t the first choice
It was always going to be a difficult decision for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta. Martinez had made a huge impression and some would even say he deserved to be a regular starter over Leno. However, it looks like the Gunners boss was of the opposite opinion.
The Daily Mail claim that Arteta told Martinez that Leno was his undisputed number one. The Arsenal boss also told the Argentine that the German would start the Europa League games as well which would leave the former Independiente man with very little game time.
Martinez, predictably, decided to move on in search of regular football and he had two offers on the table. Brighton wanted him but they refused to promise him a first-choice role due to Mathew Ryan’s presence at the club.
The second option was Aston Villa and Dean Smith’s side promised him the number one role if he decided to join them. That was all Martinez wanted and the report claims that he has even completed a medical ahead of a potential move.
Arteta is right to pick Leno over Martinez
There will be a lot of mixed opinions over Arteta’s decision to sell Martinez. However, it does make sense. Martinez was Arsenal through and through and after 10 patient years at the club, he definitely deserved a chance.
However, sentiments aside, Leno is the more sensible option. The German is the same age as Martinez and is more experienced. Arsenal invested a lot more money on him than they did on the Argentine and if reports are to be believed, the former Bayer Leverkusen star wasn’t the one interesting other clubs.
It will be sad to see Martinez leave the club. His heroics in the business end of last season helped us save our season, and his reaction after winning both cups was truly a joy to watch. The Argentine is a fantastic addition to Aston Villa and there is no doubt that he will be a success story there.