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Martinez speaks out

Emiliano Martinez is excited and ready for his “new challenge” at Aston Villa after ending his decade-long association with Arsenal.

The 28-year-old goalkeeper has been subject of widespread speculation about his Gunners future, having impressed during the final weeks of the season in the absence of injured number one Bernd Leno.

Martinez was between the sticks as Mikel Arteta’s side won the FA Cup against Chelsea, just as he was when Arsenal beat Liverpool to win the Community Shield later that month.

It proved a triumphant farewell for the Argentina international, who has signed a four-year deal at Villa Park after moving for a reported £20million. “I’ve been around in the UK for 10, 11 years already and I know Villa’s history and I know how big Villa is,”

Martinez said. “Obviously I trust the manager, I trust the goalkeeper coach and the club’s ambition.

“That’s why I decide to come here. I believe the club is going forward.

“I’ve been at Arsenal 10, 11 years fighting for my spot. When I won the FA Cup and the Community Shield, I spoke to my family and said ‘it’s time to have a new challenge’.

“When Aston Villa gave me the opportunity to fight for the spot and play loads of Premier League games and that’s why I decided to come here.

“I trust the process and I trust the manager’s playing style. “I truly believe that we can do a good season at Villa.”

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