Emiliano Martinez, Argeinte number one and Aston Villa star has revealed in an interview that he never wanted to join Arsenal but he did it reluctantly for financial and family reasons.
‘Arsenal came to look for me and Pepe Santoro [former Argentine goalkeeper] told me that the train only passes once in a lifetime.’
‘My family and my agents thought the same. So, the decision was more for them [the family] than anything else.’
‘I didn’t want to go. I did not regret it, but I wanted to play in Independiente,’ Martinez revealed via quotes carried in the Metro and El Pais.
Arsenal fans have been left frustrated by the sale of Martinez to Villa given his impressive form starting all Premier League games, while the form of Bernd Leno and the still questionable purchase of Aaron Ramsdale has left more questions than answers.
Emiliano Martinez had been at the Gunners since 2010, spending time on-loan at clubs such as Reading, Oxford United and Wolves.