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Emiliano Martinez left out of Arsenal squad as Brighton hijack Aston Villa’s move

Emiliano Martinez will not travel with Arsenal’s squad to Craven Cottage (Picture (Picture: Getty)

Emiliano Martinez will not be included in Arsenal’s travelling squad for their Premier League opener away to Fulham, with Brighton and Aston Villa battling it out for the goalkeeper.

The 28-year-old had an outstanding end to last season deputising for the injured Bernd Leno and played a starring role as the Gunners beat Chelsea to lift their 14th FA Cup.

However, the north London giants have decided cash in on Martinez, given No.1 Leno has returned from his knee problem and fully fit ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

The Gunners are holding out for a fee of £20m for Martinez (Picture: Getty)

Martinez made it clear he would seek a move if Mikel Arteta could no longer give him assurances over regular playing time and the Argentine has reportedly agreed personal terms with Aston Villa.

However, Villa are yet to meet Arsenal’s £20m asking price this summer and Brighton have hijacked the move, according to The Guardian.

The report claims Brighton have bettered Villa’s £15m offer for Martinez and the shot-stopper will play no part at Craven Cottage as negotiations…