Emiliano Martinez has completed his move from Arsenal to Aston Villa for a few reported to be £20million.
Martinez was left out of Arsenal’s squad for Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Fulham as the transfer progressed and he’s now put pen to paper on a four-year deal at Villa Park.
The 28-year-old is the third major transfer window signing by Villa, following the acquisitions of Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins from Nottingham Forest and Brentford, respectively.
Reacting to his arrival, Aston 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 Emiliano Martinez 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.”
Emiliano Martinez joined Arsenal in 2010, though has often been second or third choice at Emirates Stadium.
However, the Argentinian impressed when called upon last season following an injury to Bernd Leno and made nine Premier League appearances following the restart of the season in June.
He also put in solid performances to help his team win the FA Cup in August, and continued his form in the Community Shield, which Arsenal won against Liverpool on penalties.
But with Arteta unable to guarantee first-team football for Martinez, he decided to end his stay in north London.