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Martinez says his goodbyes
Emi Martinez has revealed he held talks with Mikel Arteta, before he sealed his move to Aston Villa.
The Argentinian completed a £20m transfer to the Midland on Wednesday, with the outgoing keeper revealing his respect for the Gunners boss.
“I think I won three FA Cups, three Community Shields [when he wasn’t involved], but actually I wasn’t part of the team, I wasn’t getting the minutes that I needed,” he told the Gunners website.
“So I never felt that I won it. I was part of the team, but I never felt like it was mine. And I had to go on loan after loan after loan to come back and have a chance to become the keeper I am today.
“And when I won those trophies [FA Cup and Community Shield], it was ‘this is me’. Arsenal obviously they tried to retain me and obviously I spoke with Mikel, I spoke with the club.
“But they understood my decision and they respected it. And that’s Arsenal, you know. When you give everything for the club they will respect you.”