Villa manager cannot believe his luck with Martinez signing

Arsenal sold Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa in the last transfer window after his impressive few months for the club.

Martinez was on the books of Arsenal for ten years before he got his chance to play first-team football. The Argentinean got his break after Bernd Leno got injured in June and he took his opportunity with both hands.

He was so good between the sticks for Arsenal that some fans began to consider him as the best keeper at Arsenal. Mikel Arteta, however, chose to keep Leno as his first choice and sold Martinez to Villa.

The Villa manager, Dean Smith has now revealed that he was in disbelief that a player of Martinez’ quality was available for transfer.

He praised the goalie for more than his footballing ability and claimed that his character and attitude are also commendable.

Smith said on Talksport: “Emi, I thought, was brilliant at Arsenal. I was surprised when the opportunity came up. We heard that there might be something there.

“Not just as a goalkeeper, but his character and his attitude around the place is refreshing really. He’s fit in really well.”

Martinez has proven to be a great signing for the Villans who have been in great form so far.

Arsenal will hope that Leno will continue to prove that they made the right choice.

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16 Comments

  1. Highbury Hero says:

    Let’s see how he will perform for the whole season.

    1. Sue says:

      We’ve got them next weekend…

      1. Highbury Hero says:

        Surely that will be the end of the debate who is better?

        1. Sue says:

          Well you’d like to think so, HH….

        2. Defund The Media says:

          Of course not HH! People still talking about ozil even though hes through for arsenal so I dont see this topic losing traction anytime soon!

  2. Dan kit says:

    I Cant believe we got 20 mill for a goalkeeper who’s been sat on a bench for 10 years .
    A Great bit of business .

    1. Sue says:

      Cue the onslaught….😂😂

      1. Dan kit says:

        😂😂
        The queens gambit ,Netflix 👍

        1. Sue says:

          Cheers Dan 👍

    2. Maxis says:

      Brilliant angle…😁

    3. Chuxzzy1 says:

      Make that as an article too😂

  3. Declan says:

    Crap business, should have got more or kept him. The fact he spent 10 years in the reserves means diddly squat, he never got chances to show his skills in the Prem but when he did recently he nailed it.

    1. Kstix says:

      Spot On. don’t know what Dan is on about. We’ll see next week

    2. Bascom says:

      Ain’t that the case…any other players come to mind? Perhaps Gnabry..ok how about Joel Campbell? Gervinho or Lucas Perez who Barcelona almost signed to replace Suarez…Oh! Arshavin did hit the great Barca at the Emirates.
      My point being the club ruined some of these careers by not giving them a chance on the pitch to market themselves for their highest value.
      Mismanagement

  4. Reggie says:

    Aston Villa got an absolute bargain of a deal, he will turn out to be top class. He was the start of our turn round under Arteta and we will miss him.

  5. Bascom says:

    Ain’t that the case…any other players come to mind? Perhaps Gnabry..ok how about Joel Campbell? Gervinho or Lucas Perez who Barcelona almost signed to replace Suarez…Oh! Arshavin did hit the great Barca at the Emirates.
    My point being the club ruined some of these careers by not giving them a chance on the pitch to market themselves for their highest value.
    Mismanagement

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