Emiliano Martinez has detailed how he "rejected a lot of clubs" prior to joining Aston Villa from Arsenal for £16 million this summer, and says he feels like he's in love with football again.
The Argentinian spent a decade at the Emirates and left on good terms after helping the Gunners win both the FA Cup and Community Shield.
Martinez replaced injured No.1 Bernd Leno for Arsenal’s remaining 12 games during last term’s Project Restart and, in doing so, became a firm fans’ favourite for a string of standout performances.
However, on the eve of this season it became apparent that Mikel Arteta would reinstate Leno as Arsenal’s No.1 for their opening-day clash at Fulham and, just days later, Martinez sealed his switch to Aston Villa for a fee that could potentially rise to £20 million.
The 28-year-old told the Independent that he thought if he played well in the Community Shield he would be the number 1 at the Emirates, but instead Leno got the nod, confirming his future lay at Villa Park.
Martinez will face Arsenal for the first time on Sunday, and claims that he’s in love with football again, after not always feeling part of his former club when they won trophies during his nine year spell in London.
The goalkeeper’s love for the club has certainly been reflected by the fans, as Villa’s bright start owes a lot to Martinez’s performances in the first six games of the season.