Martinez excited by Villa challenge
Emiliano Martinez believes he can achieve great things at Aston Villa (9/4 – To be relegated) after completing his move to the club from Arsenal on Wednesday.
The Argentine goalkeeper has become Villa’s third major signing of the summer, following on from the arrivals of Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins, and he joins with an ever-growing reputation following his performances for Arsenal during the second half of last season.
Martinez was handed his chance in the Gunners starting XI following an injury to regular number one Bernd Leno and he flourished between the sticks, with his highlight coming when helping Mikel Arteta’s side beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
The 28-year-old was also in the team as Arsenal saw off Liverpool in last month’s Community Shield, but the return to fitness of Leno has led to his decision to seek a new challenge and he certainly had no doubts about joining Villa.
“When I won the FA Cup and the Community Shield, I told my family that it’s time to have a new challenge,” Martinez told VillaTV.
“He [Dean Smith] explained why he wants me here, the process that he wants from the club and also the playing style, and that’s why I decided to come here.
“I always follow my instincts, and I had no doubts about coming here.”
The goalkeeper department was a problem position for Villa last season with four players featuring between the sticks in the Premier League, but it appears Martinez, who has signed a four-year deal, will now be the club’s undisputed number one.
The former Reading loanee could be handed his debut for Dean Smith’s side when they play host to Sheffield United in the Premier League on Monday (Match Result – Aston Villa 13/8, Draw 9/4, Sheff United 7/4).