Aston Villa sign Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez

Arsenal’s Emiliano Martinez celebrates with Granit Xhaka and Alexandre Lacazette after the match against Liverpool July 16, 2020. Aston Villa announced the signing of Martinez today for a reported fee of £20 million. ― Reuters pic
Arsenal’s Emiliano Martinez celebrates with Granit Xhaka and Alexandre Lacazette after the match against Liverpool July 16, 2020. Aston Villa announced the signing of Martinez today for a reported fee of £20 million. ― Reuters pic

LONDON, Sept 16 — Aston Villa announced the signing of Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez today for a reported fee of £20 million (RM107 million).

The 28-year-old Argentine, who has signed a four-year deal, helped Arsenal to FA Cup victory last season and Community Shield glory last month but faced playing second fiddle to Bernd Leno.

Villa boss Dean Smith said: “We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

“We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.

“We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top-class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our club for the long term.” — AFP

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