Former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has opened up on the reason behind his Arsenal departure stating that he wasn’t given a 100 per cent assurance that he will start against Fulham.
The 28-year-old sealed a £16m move to the Villa Park this summer and has continued his impressive performance in the post for Aston Villa.
Martinez became a regular starter in post for the Gunners following Bernd Leno’s knee injury during the restart of the Premier League season after Coronavirus hiatus lifting both the FA Cup and the Community Shield.
His impressive performances post lockdown gave Mikel Arteta a selection dilemma for the beginning of the season as to who starts in post between Leno and Martinez only to be told there is only ’95 per cent’ chance of starting against Fulham, that is when he decided to welcome a new challenge.
Martinez told The Independent: “I thought if I played well that game [the Community Shield], I would be No.1 but afterwards it still wasn’t clear who was going to start in the league.
“I was told there was 95 per cent chance I would start against Fulham [on the first day of the season], but I just thought, “why not 100 per cent?” Something didn’t feel right.
“Everyone wanted me to stay, but, that’s when I decided to go. I wasn’t upset or emotional, I was proud I did it. When I arrived at Arsenal [in 2010], there were nine goalkeepers in front of me. Every year I had to prove myself, but i left as No.1. That was my story done there.”