South American stopper speaks out about his departure from Arsenal
Aston Villa stopper Emiliano Martinez has again been discussing his departure from Arsenal this summer and reveals that Arteta offered him to stay at the club.
The Argentine stopper has pushed for an exit from the North London giants this summer when it became clear that he wasn’t granted No.1 role in Arteta’s squad/
That was despite his stunning form for the club after stepping in for the Leno who got injured at the later stage of the last campaign helping the team to claim the FA Cup and Community Shield trophies.
In the end, he went to join Aston Villa in a £18.5 million deal.
But as he told DAZN Sports, Martinez’s exit was not something the Gunners boss wanted.
“Arteta is a great coach, I knew him as a teammate and he will be one of the world’s great coaches in a few years,” Martinez stated, as relayed by AS. “He said that he had two number ones, that he didn’t know who was going to play, that he didn’t know who was going to start the league because we were both at a great level, I had finished well and Leno had been injured playing well.
“And he didn’t know who was going to be number one. And faced with that doubt, after winning two titles, I decided to leave the club after so many years. It was my decision, Arteta wanted to retain me, he even offered me a new contract and for that, I was super grateful to him and to the club, but my decision had already been made.”