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Second bid made: Club closer to meeting Arsenal’s asking price for transfer of first-teamer

Aston Villa have reportedly launched a second bid for Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez as they edge closer to a deal.

It looks like a move could now be that little bit closer as The Athletic report Villa have made a new offer closer to Arsenal’s £20million asking price for the Argentine shot-stopper.

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Martinez has impressed for Arsenal in recent times, looking a very capable backup for the injured Bernd Leno and perhaps even a genuine contender to keep the number one spot once the German is back from his spell on the sidelines.

It may be, however, that Arsenal decide to cash in on Martinez at this point, with the Gunners perhaps in need of raising money through player sales in order to fund signings for other areas of their squad.

Mikel Arteta will surely want to improve this side after last season’s hugely disappointing 8th place finish, and letting Martinez go could be a way to make some decent money.

If that could then fund a move for a new midfielder or attacking player that would surely be solid business from the north London giants, even if Martinez has become something of a fan-favourite.

The 28-year-old was superb for Arsenal in their FA Cup run last season, putting in big-game performances in the semi-final and final wins over Manchester City and Chelsea, respectively.

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14 Comments

  1. melkamu says:

    arsenal is making a big mistake . Martinez is a better goal keeper even better than Leno….we saw them all… instead sell lacazetee to increase the avaliable fund for Tomas parety.

    1. Shane Lambert says:

      I agree 100% better catcher of the ball and passing is unreal

      1. Maniraduha says:

        Let emi stay please that is Avery big mistake

      2. Prince Godwin says:

        It’s true

  2. Vedi Ballah says:

    Big mistake to sell Martinez. He is better than Leno. Also as things are today,in my opinion Arsenal will finish 6th after Wolves at the end of the day. Beware of Tottenham !

  3. Ainslee Hafeni says:

    I was not think of Martinez to be for sale in my life but this is amazing to hear this. not good news to fans.

  4. David says:

    Sell Leno if you really need to sell or look for other less useful players but not Leno I repeat

  5. Roger urban says:

    Why Martinez at this time and why 20m only

  6. gooner1578 says:

    I know it is going to sound stupid and no one is going to believe it , but when i saw martinez play a couple of times under emery and compared him with leno, i immediately noted that martinez is much much more commanding in the air where as leno is a doubt in that regard, and under arteta recently, he has grown hugely in terms of playing out from the back (decision making) so he has proved himself to be a better keeper in this moment than bernd leno, he would have been my starting goalie for the coming season but arteta knows more than i do ,, so lets keep our fingers crossed if we can get a good amount of money and re invest in our midfield which we desperately need to do, we are already too late for midfield additions, the season starts on saturday

  7. Ibrahim says:

    Good business

  8. London Red&White Bitchs! says:

    Then who will be cover for no cleanshiet Leno????

  9. Tumusiime Danson says:

    if selling of martinez is halping the club to in top four sell him

  10. Guy Ronald. says:

    Please my opinion over this Arsenal team that they are too stingy when it comes to making transfers. They’re not willing to pay for what will help the team but when it comes to selling theirs, they placed big amount of money. Why is it so?

  11. Fredy says:

    This club does not fail to amuse me, why sell the important players, and leave the unimportant ones, what about Sokratis,Mustafi,Ozil,Kolasinac,Guendouzi and Torreira? This will be pure madness to let Martinez leave, why can’t Arteta promise his all the cup games, FA cup, Efl and the Europa then?

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