• ‘I suffered through my time at Arsenal,’ he says
  • Villa promise goalkeeper first-team place

Aston Villa have completed the signing of the goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez from Arsenal on a four-year contract for £20m.

Martínez has been promised first-team football by Dean Smith, who was persuaded to make his move by the 28-year-old’s string of impressive performances deputising for Bernd Leno after the Covid-19 shutdown. Martínez had hoped that run in the Arsenal team, in which he starred during their FA Cup win, would earn him the No 1 spot but no such assurances were forthcoming and he felt compelled to move on.

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