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Aston Villa sign Martinez from Arsenal

16 Sep 2020
Emiliano Martinez signs for Aston Villa

Goalkeeper becomes Villa's third signing of the summer after agreeing a four-year deal

Aston Villa have signed goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal on a four-year deal.

The 28-year-old Argentinian, who has been with the Gunners for 10 years, made nine Premier League appearances last season, keeping three clean sheets and making 34 saves.

He also played 14 matches in domestic cup ties and the UEFA Europa League last term.

Martinez was between the sticks when Arsenal won the FA Cup final against Chelsea and when they beat Liverpool in the Community Shield.

"We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side," Aston Villa manager Dean Smith told the club's official website.

"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."

Martinez is Villa's third summer signing after the arrivals of full-back Matty Cash and striker Ollie Watkins.

Villa kick off their Premier League campaign at home against Sheffield United on Monday 21 September.

See: Summer 2020 transfers and news

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