Aston Villa sign Emi Martinez as Arsenal step up attempts to lure Thomas Partey to north London

Emi Martinez signs for Aston Villa from Arsenal for £16m rising to £20m with add ons - leaving club with down payment for £40m Thomas Partey

Aston Villa sign Emi Martinez as Arsenal step up attempts to lure Thomas Partey to north London

Arsenal have sold Emi Martinez to Aston Villa for a reported £16m rising to £20m with add-ons.

The Argentine shone as he kept nine clean sheets in 23 games last season, helping Mikel Arteta's Gunners to win the FA Cup.

The 28-year-old also started in the Community Shield triumph over Liverpool at the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

However, Arteta has made it clear that Bernd Leno is his No1 choice between the sticks with Villa monitoring the former Independiente shot-stopper. 

The cash received from Villa is expected to be channelled to a transfer sluch fund intended to strengthen Arteta's squad in other areas such as luring long-term midfield target Thomas Partey. 

"We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez," said Villa head coach Dean Smith, adding: "We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.

"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."


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