Argentine goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez completed his summer switch from Arsenal to Aston Villa in a transfer deal worth £16m that could rise to £20m with add-ons.
Thank you, Emi ❤️
We wish you all the best with @AVFCOfficial 👊
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 16, 2020
The 28-year-old signed for the Gunners 10 years ago in August from Independiente and has gone on to make a good name for himself.
Before leaving the club, he started the last 11 matches of the 2019/20 season, performing superbly and continuing this form into this season for the Community Shield penalty shoot-out victory over Liverpool.
In total Emi made 39 first-team appearances, spending loan spells with six clubs – Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United, Wolves, Getafe and Reading – in order to develop his experience.
Fans of Arsenal took to social media to express their feelings after the club confirmed his departure.
Can’t forget what a brilliant save. Tq EMI 💪👏🏻🔥✌️ pic.twitter.com/9WBrj7GH0n
— Ya’akob Madinah (@ya_madinah) September 16, 2020
Thank you for everything Emi. One a gunner, always a gunner ❤ pic.twitter.com/wAkwTE7dSs
— Waldo (@WaldoWenger) September 16, 2020
Arrives at the club as a youngster, leaves as a winner. Thanks a lot for your contributions, Emi. Good luck for your future. pic.twitter.com/elrtB2CS9f
— P™ (@SemperFiArsenal) September 16, 2020
Thanks Emi for the FA cup and still won more trophies than Tottenham in the last decade ❤️ pic.twitter.com/AsNWUEZ9rr
— ♚ Kris ☆♚ 🇮🇳 (@Santi_Classorla) September 16, 2020
Thank you legend pic.twitter.com/jjq9ccXMY3
— Artenal 🦦 (@afcxman) September 16, 2020
Sad he’s leaving now that he’s proving the doubters he’s a talented GK…… ciao emiliano 🤝 pic.twitter.com/b3aOcTI1OI
— Vincenzo (@donvincenzo07) September 16, 2020
— Eddie Longbridge (@EddieLongbridge) September 16, 2020
Classy guy Emi, forever a Gooner ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/B1nNorSNEA
— 🆃🅷🅴 🅸🅽🆅🅸🅽🅲🅸🅱🅻🅴🆂 🔴⚪️ (@FirstArsenalFan) September 16, 2020
Nothing but love and respect for you Emi ❤️ It hurts to see you go. Wish you all the best mate ✌️ you’ll forever stay in our hearts as a gunner ❤️ pic.twitter.com/JyUUUKp8yF
— Alwyn (@Alwyn_clivz) September 16, 2020