Soccer

Martinez details Arsenal exit chat with Arteta after Aston Villa move confirmed

Aston Villa new boy Emiliano Martinez has completed a £20m move away from Arsenal after spending a decade at the club.

The Argentinian got his first consistent run in the Gunners first team towards the end of last season, deputising for an injured Bernd Leno, and impressed.

Martinez kept three clean sheets in nine Premier League appearances, helped Arsenal win the FA Cup and made his final appearance for the club in this season's Community Shield triumph.

However, Leno's return from injury means he could no longer be guaranteed regular minutes and he opted to make the move to Villa.

Speaking to Arsenal's official website, Martinez detailed his talk with manager Mikel Arteta which led to his exit in a heartfelt goodbye to Gunners fans.

Martinez said: "I think I won three FA Cups, three Community Shields [when he wasn't involved], but actually I wasn’t part of the team, I wasn’t getting the minutes that I needed.

"So I never felt that I won it. I was part of the team, but I never felt like it was mine.

  • Arsenal eye two more transfer deals as Alex Runar Runarsson move edges closer

"And I had to go on loan after loan after loan to come back and have a chance to become the keeper I am today.

"And when I won those trophies [FA Cup and Community Shield], it was 'this is me'. Arsenal obviously they tried to retain me and obviously I spoke with Mikel, I spoke with the club.

"But they understood my decision and they respected it. And that’s Arsenal, you know. When you give everything for the club they will respect you.

Get the latest transfer news straight into your inbox!

Want to be on the ball with Jadon Sancho to Manchester United updates? Or perhaps you're a Chelsea fan wondering who on earth could join next?

Well then sign up for the brilliant new Daily Star Sport email newsletter!

From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox.

How do you sign up?

It only takes a matter of seconds.

Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit 'subscribe'.

And that's it, job done. You'll receive an email with all of the top news stories every single morning.

You can find out more information on our email newsletter on this link here.

"So I am grateful to be the player I am and the person I am. I came here as a young boy, single, from Argentina, from a poor country, a poor family. And I’m leaving with a wife, with a kid, and as a man. And everything is because of Arsenal as well.

"I just want to say to the fans that they should trust the process, they are doing really good work with Mikel and his staff and I wish them all the best."

Source: Read Full Article