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Emiliano Martinez reveals how Mikel Arteta reacted when he asked to leave Arsenal

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Emiliano Martinez has thanked Mikel Arteta and Arsenal for allowing him to leave the club and says they completely respected his request for guaranteed first-team minutes elsewhere.

With Arteta restoring Bernd Leno as his number one keeper for the new season, Martinez knew he needed to leave the Emirates and completed a £20million move to Aston Villa on Wednesday.

While Martinez leaves with a heavy heart he feels he needs guaranteed game time to secure his place as Argentina's first-choice goalkeeper and says Arteta and Arsenal's hierarchy were happy to grant his wish.

More: Arsenal FC. 'And when I won those trophies, it was "This is me".

Arsenal obviously they tried to retain me and obviously I spoke with Mikel, I spoke with the club.

MORE: Emiliano Martinez confirms Arsenal exit with emotional message to club and fans.

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