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Arsenal’s Emiliano Martinez ‘agrees’ four-year Aston Villa deal worth £60k-a-week

Emiliano Martinez could leave Arsenal for fellow Premier League side Aston Villa.

The 28-year-old played a key role for Mikel Arteta following Bernd Leno’s serious ligament injury last season having grown tired of playing a supporting role at the Emirates.

The former Argentina youth international conceded only 24 goals across his 23 appearances in 2019/20, keeping nine clean sheets as Arsenal went on to beat Chelsea in the final of the FA Cup.

Those performances gave Martinez the confidence to request some assurances from Arteta surrounding his place in the team following the return to fitness of Leno, but it is reported that he didn’t get the response he wanted.

Emiliano Martinez impressed for Arsenal towards the end of the season
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The Independent have reported that Martinez, who has left Arsenal on loan six times since joining from Independiente in 2010, has agreed personal terms with Villa over a four-year contract.

They add that Martinez is keen to remain in the Premier League despite interest from Villarreal, and that it might not be with Arsenal with Leno set to start in their opener against Fulham.

The new contract is said to be worth £60,000-per-week, which comes after the Gunners offered improved terms of their own to their back-up stopper.

The Gunners value Martinez at £20m following his lengthy spell in north London, and that could help fund some incoming deals before the transfer window shuts in October.

Emiliano Martinez is no longer happy sitting on the bench for Arsenal
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In an interview with talkSPORT after his impressive performance in the FA Cup final, Martinez said: “I was just crying for the first 5-10 minutes… but now I’m relaxed I might get a replica!

“I can’t explain. I came a long, long way. My family have always supported me along the way.

“My wife and my boy,…