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Arteta explains Martinez transfer

With Arsenal facing Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday evening, Mikel Arteta has outlined the reasons for selling them goalkeeper Emi Martínez in the summer.

The Argentine had a superb end to the season, after he replaced the injured Bernd Leno. He helped them win the FA Cup, and many fans wanted him to stay and take over the number one jersey from the German.

However, Arteta always insisted that when Leno was fit again, he was his preferred keeper, and not content with once again taking his place on the bench, he wanted to leave. The Spaniard said “We have to make the right choices in the market and obviously, I couldn’t guarantee him to be the number one.

Martínez also wanted to play for Argentina and knew that he needed to be playing regular first-team football to do that.

Arsenal sold Martínez to Villa for £20 million in the summer, money which helped to balance the books. In an ideal world they would have liked to keep the 27-year-old, but circumstances dictated otherwise.

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