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Arsenal to make fresh bid for David Raya as Emiliano Martinez closes in on Aston Villa move

Emiliano Martinez is closing in on a move to Aston Villa (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal are preparing a fresh bid for Brentford goalkeeper David Raya as Emiliano Martinez closes in on a move to Aston Villa.

The long-serving Argentine was a revelation last season when he filled in for Bernd Leno, helping the Gunners end a difficult season with unlikely silverware in the shape of the FA Cup.

With Leno having recovered sooner than expected from a knee injury, Martinez was reluctant to revert to the role of understudy and is seeking a move away after over a decade of service in north London.

Leno started in goal and kept a clean sheet as Arsenal began their campaign with a 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, while Martinez was given permission to travel to the Midlands ahead of a medical with the Gunners said to have accepted a £16million bid.

Raya has been earmarked as Martinez’s replacement and, according to The Sun, Arsenal are prepared to pay as much as £10million for the Spaniard who missed his side’s defeat at Birmingham on Saturday through injury.

Arsenal want to sign David Raya from Brentford (Picture: Getty)

Speaking ahead of the trip to Craven Cottage,…