Emiliano Martinez sends message to Aston Villa fans after Arsenal victory

Emiliano Martinez kept his 11th clean sheet of the season as Aston Villa defeated Arsenal 1-0
Emiliano Martinez kept his 11th clean sheet of the season as Aston Villa defeated Arsenal 1-0 (Picture: Getty)

Emiliano Martinez was delighted to make a key contribution to Aston Villa’s win over Arsenal on Saturday as the Argentine goalkeeper enjoyed a second successive victory against his former club.

After a decade of service in north London, Martinez departed for Villa in the summer in search of regular first team football, with Mikel Arteta unable to guarantee that his ex-teammate would be his No.1.

Martinez has proved an inspired signing for a Villa side which won impressively at the Emirates earlier this season and recorded a rare league double over the Gunners courtesy of Ollie Watkins’ second minute goal on Saturday.

The 28-year-old was rarely troubled thereafter, but made one superb save from Granit Xhaka’s free-kick and was delighted to, as he put on Instagram, ‘bounce back’ after he made two rare errors in Villa’s midweek defeat at the hands of West Ham.

It was a case of mixed emotions, meanwhile, for Arsenal debutant Mat Ryan who deputised for the suspended Bernd Leno. The Australia international joined Arsenal in January, on loan from Brighton until the end of the season, and made several superb saves in the second half, but was left disappointed by another damaging result.

He said: ‘Besides the start of the game, we thought we were right in it. We were competing but we were just that little bit slower out of the blocks than they were.

‘We got punished for it and at this level, you get punished for the smallest of things. You don’t even need to make a mistake or be off your game to get punished at this level. That happened in the first initial minutes and they made us pay for it.

‘I can’t fault the effort we put in. We were probing and pushing but the ball just wasn’t falling for us at the end.

‘Emi made a couple of blocks and interventions, I tried to play my part at the other end but unfortunately I wasn’t able to contribute to the result. We’ve got to build on it and keep going.’

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