Martinez delighted to leave Arsenal ‘on a high’

Lewis Oldham
Arsenal Martinez
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Emiliano Martínez of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on November 08, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Visionhaus)

Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has said that he was happy that he could leave Arsenal on a high by winning the FA Cup.

Martinez spent ten years in Arsenal’s first-team, but most of his time was spent in loan spells away.

The goalkeeper had six separate loan moves away from the Gunners during his time at the club. Between 2011 and 2019, he only managed to make 14 senior appearances for Arsenal.

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But Martinez got a chance to impress in 2019/20, as first choice ‘keeper Bernd Leno suffered an injury. The Argentinian went onto make 23 appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side last term.

He was one of their best players in that time, as they won the FA Cup for a record fourteenth time. As Leno returned to full fitness, Martinez’s position at the club was up in the air.

With first-team opportunities unlikely, he signed for Aston Villa this summer in a deal worth around £20m.

The 29-year-old returned to the Emirates earlier this season as Villa beat Arsenal 3-0 in the Premier League.

Martinez recently told Yahoo Sport that it was pleasing that he could leave the Gunners on a high:

“I was finally the No 1 and I was ready for it. It took 10 years to get there. You train as a goalkeeper every day, but nobody prepares you for the story of your life.

“Nobody trains you to be frustrated, nobody trains you to cry. What about when you don’t play for four months? Will you keep going or will be you be mentally dead?

“I could’ve done so much more over the years, but finally the world started to see what I’m capable of. I finished on a high and that’s how I always wanted to leave.”

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