Emiliano Martinez says he still has enormous respect for Mikel Arteta despite the Spaniard’s decision effectively ending his 10-year stay in north London.
Argentinean goalkeeper Martinez completed a £20million move to Aston Villa on Wednesday, moving on despite his run in the team at the back end of last season.
After six loan spells away from the club, Martinez was finally relied upon as Arsenal’s de facto No.1 in the absence of the injured Bernd Leno, and he starred as the Gunners beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final at the beginning of August.
As Leno returned to fitness, Martinez kept his place as Liverpool were beaten on penalties in the Community Shield last month, but once Arteta made it clear that the German would return as No.1, Martinez stated his desire to leave.
Villa moved to sign him, and after joining up with his new club on Wednesday he spoke glowingly of the Gunners and Arteta.