The Argentine striker has begun his decision to join the Gunners of Independiente at the start of his career
Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez reflected on his move to the Emirates Stadium in 2010 and admitted he never wanted to join Arsenal.
Martinez initially made a link with Arsenal from Independiente for £ 1.1 million, leaving his family in Argentina at 17 to tackle a new challenge in Europe.
The shooter stopped the next decade trying to force him into the Gunners’ first team, but now claimed that he would have preferred to remain in his homeland and continue his development at the beginning of his career.
What was said?
Martinez, who completed a £ 20m ($ 28m) move to Arsenal at Aston Villa in September 2020, explained that he only left Independiente so he could support his family more strongly.
‘Arsenal came looking for me and Pepe Santoro [a coach at Independiente] told me that the train only runs once in a lifetime, “the 29-year-old told the Spanish publication The country. “My family and my agents thought the same. The decision was more for them than for anything else.
“I did not want to go. I was not sorry, but I wanted to play in Independiente. I thought for a while: ‘If I stay there, I’ll make my debut in two years.’ “My family]was a little lacking financially. I did it more than sports.”
Martinez was loaned to Oxford, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Wolves, Getafe and Reading during his time at Arsenal, while being forced to watch Petr Cech, David Ospina, Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia regularly receive minutes ahead of him. .
Bernd Leno was also ahead of the Argentine in the team for some time, but the German suffered an injury at the back of the 2019-20 campaign, which gave his pupil the chance to act.
Martinez took up the challenge and helped the Gunners win the FA Cup while receiving praise for his performances in the Premier League, but head coach Mikel Arteta finally decided to re-establish Leno as number 1 after his return.
Arsenal then accepted Villa’s transfer offer for Martinez, and he has since established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in English football. while also becoming Argentina’s first choice.