Emiliano Martinez has confirmed his departure from Arsenal in an emotional message posted on his official Instagram page.
Martinez is heading for Aston Villa, who secured their Premier League status on the final day of last season, in a £20m deal, having excelled between the sticks after Arsenal’s regular number one Bernd Leno suffered a knee injury.
Martinez was regularly sent out on loan during his 11-year spell at Arsenal The Argentine spent 11 years at the club – often serving as their third-choice shot-stopper – and enjoyed loan spells at six different clubs, including Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves.
Although his move to the Midlands is yet to be made official, Martinez’s Instagram farewell video – titled ‘Thank you @arsenal’ has all but confirmed his exit. “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,” the Argentine said.
The 28-year-old started Arsenal’s final eight Premier League games last season, keeping three clean sheets, and was a mainstay in their FA Cup triumph under Mikel Arteta.