Aston Villa’s chances of securing a third successive season in the top flight were handed a massive boost in the form of Argentine shot-stopper Emiliano Martinez.
Villa confirmed Martinez’s signing from Arsenal on Wednesday for a reported £20-million fee, with the 28-year-old La Albiceleste regular penning a four-year deal.
Following a decade-long spell at Arsenal that included a half-dozen loans, Martinez became the Gunners’ first-choice ‘keeper after the restart when Bernd Leno went down injured against Brighton on June 20.
Martinez started in the successful FA Cup final victory over Chelsea and the Community Shield win against Liverpool, and he was widely praised both for his shot-stopping skills and quality in distribution.
Leno was restored to the starting XI for Arsenal’s 3-0 opening-day victory over Fulham as Martinez was omitted from the team sheet amid rumors of an impending move to Villa Park.
Martinez, who was also linked with Brighton, becomes Villa’s third summer signing after Dean Smith’s charges splashed a club-record fee for former Brentford forward Ollie Watkins and lured right-back Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest.
Villa, who secured Premier League safety on the final matchday of the 2019-20 campaign, kick off their season when they host Sheffield United on Sept. 21.
Does this make them a better club, I think so but does it keep them from getting relegated at the end of the year? All depends on how he plays in net for the Villa Squad.its good though to see him get an opportunity to be rbs guy full time now that he’s not behind Leno.