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Arsenal news: Emi Martinez reveals Mikel Arteta’s reaction when he asked to leave

The Argentine has now left the Gunners and completed a move to Aston Villa (Picture: Getty)

Emiliano Martinez has thanked Mikel Arteta and Arsenal for allowing him to leave the club and says they completely respected his request for guaranteed first-team minutes elsewhere.

The Argentine – who had been at the north London club for a decade – gave a string of heroic performances after the season restart, helping win the FA Cup and Community Shield.

But with Arteta restoring Bernd Leno as his number one keeper for the new season, Martinez knew he needed to leave the Emirates and completed a £20million move to Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Martinez was in sensational form when he came into the Arsenal starting XI (Picture: Getty)

While Martinez leaves with a heavy heart he feels he needs guaranteed game time to secure his place as Argentina’s first-choice goalkeeper and says Arteta and Arsenal’s hierarchy were happy to grant his wish.

Speaking to Arsenal’s website, he said: ‘I think I won three FA Cups, three Community Shields [before last season], but actually I wasn’t part of the team, I wasn’t getting the minutes that I needed.

‘So I never felt that I…