Aston Villa confirm the signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez for £16m from Arsenal (Photos)

Aston Villa have announced the signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal for £16million.

The Argentine stopper, 28, has signed a four-year deal to join his new club after spending ten years with Arsenal, where he signed his first professional contract in 2012.

Upon his departure from Arsenal, Martinez told ‘Thank you, thank you for all of the years (of support).’

‘I thank God for having the opportunity over the past few months to show the Arsenal fanbase what I am made of, and why I went on loan so many times.

‘It was always to come back and win them trophies and give them silverware. I did it, I feel prouder than ever.

They made me as a goalkeeper; not just the club, not just my goalkeeping coaches but the fans as well because they supported me, gave me the confidence to perform as well and I wish them all the best and hope they win many, many trophies. Thank you. That’s all I can say.’

Aston Villa manager, Dean Smith told the club website: ‘We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

‘We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.

‘We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our Club for the long term.’

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