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Emiliano Martinez leaves Arsenal for Aston Villa

Aston Villa have signed goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal on a four-year deal.

It was reported on Saturday that the Gunners had accepted a £16m offer from Villa which could rise to £20m with add-ons.

Martinez, who had two years remaining on his Arsenal contract, impressed when he stepped in for Bernd Leno when the German was injured following June’s Premier League restart, but was absent from the matchday squad for the opening weekend win at Fulham.

The Argentine kept nine clean sheets in 23 games last season and helped Arsenal win the FA Cup, and also started in their Community Shield triumph over Liverpool at the start of 2020/21.

“We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez,” said Villa head coach Dean Smith.

“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.”

He becomes Villa’s third major addition, following the arrivals of club-record signing Ollie Watkins from Brentford and defender Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest.

Martinez could make his debut for the club when Villa begin their Premier League campaign against Sheffield United on Monday, live on Sky Sports.Villa are also set to sign forward Bertrand Traore from Lyon on a four-year contract after agreeing a deal worth £17m plus £2m in add-ons.

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