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Emi Martinez: A sad departure but Arsenal and player win out

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Today, we say goodbye to another after Emi Martinez made his move to Aston Villa official.

Emi Martinez is not one of them.

It always felt like there was going to be a departure or two during this transfer period which would sting a little, and this is certainly one of those.

The German was the clear first choice; Martinez the affable number two who, to be fair to him, had come back to Arsenal after a good loan spell at Reading looking more assured and confident than he had previously.

Arsenal couldn’t give him that assurance, even if Mikel Arteta was open to the idea of him and Leno fighting it out during the season, and Martinez was clear that this was what he wanted – if it wasn’t at Arsenal, he would leave to play regularly elsewhere.

Interestingly, he came on in the 94th minute to replace a certain Mikel Arteta, just before a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win.

Emi’s departure now makes Hector Bellerin our longest-serving senior player, having made his debut for the club on September 25th 2013 in a League Cup game against West Brom.
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