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Emiliano Martinez makes feelings clear to Arsenal despite jeers from fans

Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has made his feelings known despite being booed by Arsenal fans at the Emirates Stadium

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has expressed his deep affection for Arsenal after his team secured a decisive 2-0 victory over the Gunners. Despite facing jeers from the crowd throughout the match, Martinez emerged victorious with late goals from Leon Bailey and Ollie Watkins.

Arsenal, who were dominant in the first half, were thwarted by Martinez’s impressive saves, missing the opportunity to claim the top spot in the league table following Liverpool’s earlier defeat to Crystal Palace. As a result, reigning champions Manchester City now lead the standings.

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However, Martinez remains focused on Villa’s objective of qualifying for the Champions League, with Unai Emery’s side currently occupying the coveted fourth position with five league games remaining. Reflecting on his time at Arsenal, Martinez emphasised his enduring love for the club, acknowledging the friendships he forged during his tenure.

“I think it was 10-11 years I was here,” Martinez shared with Sky Sports. “I’ve still got friends here. I came here as a lad and left a man. I’ll always love this club. They are still second, they’ve come far and have one of the best managers in the world. I’ve worked with Mikel [Arteta]. I know how good he is.”

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Despite the boos from the crowd, Martinez harbours no ill-feelings towards Arsenal, praising their progress under the management of Mikel Arteta. Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery also conveyed his respect for his former club, focusing on Aston Villa’s accomplishment rather than any personal rivalry.

“No, it is not how the match is,” Emery stated to Sky Sports. “It is for Aston Villa, it’s because we had 60 points and with those points we have 63. We are closer to being in the top five, this is the only motive I had before the match.”

Emery commended Villa’s performance and the dedication of his players, highlighting their focus and determination to secure the victory.

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