Emiliano Martinez has confirmed his Arsenal exit this evening.
The Argentine goalkeeper has thanked the Gunners, both the club and its supporters, for his 11 years at the club ahead of a move to Aston Villa.
Martinez has completed his £20million move to Villa, and the man himself has all-but confirmed the move – which is yet to be officially confirmed – in an emotional Instagram video titled ‘Thank you Arsenal’.
“I always had that feeling that I would have my chance here at Arsenal, that season after season I was always trying to come back to the club I love to have my chance,” he said.
“I done it, I waited, I overcome the frustration because football is not always easy like everyone things.
“I said to my teammates that this is my time. I’m 27 years old, I have loads on my back. The challenge was there, the power was there, I just needed the confidence and I had it.
“That’s why, when I started against Southampton, I had a clean sheet, against Norwich I had a clean sheet and it looks like I had been playing week-in, week-out.
“I am proud to overcome my frustration to overcome challenges because I knew I could do the same thing as before.
“But I truly believe that keepers have different times and different paths.
“I said to my wife, at the end of the season, ‘I don’t know how many games I will play, but I will get to Wembley’.
“And when I was there, I was actually enjoying it, I wasn’t anxious, I wasn’t nervous. I was full of confidence. ‘This was my time’.”
Speaking about his exit from the club, Martinez added: “With my family at my side, after 11 years at the club, they say ‘you worked for 10 years so hard, you leave through the front door today’.
“For me, I could not be happier to leave through the front door with the Arsenal fanbase supporting me and the club supporting me.
“I had 11 years at the club, and even if it was a hard road for me, and I suffered through my time at Arsenal, today I am happy and I tried to show young goalies how work pays off. When you work hard, you are not going to be happy the whole time, you are going to have frustration, bad times in life.
“You have to overpass that and see the light. When I won the FA Cup at the Community Shielf, I saw blue skies and it was the right time for me to step up.
“They all understood at Arsenal and they support me for my decision. The Arsenal fanbase were always there for me, I felt their love.
“Even when Bernd got injured this season, I received loads of messages like ‘we trust in you,’ ‘you are our goalie’. That made me confident, made me win games and made me the keeper I am today.
“They understood my story and they love the way I worked in the club. I am so glad to be part of the Arsenal family for 11 years.”