Martinez takes dig at Arsenal after move as Arteta eyes more creativity


Emi Martinez claims quitting Arsenal for Aston Villa in the transfer window was a step up — not down.

Martinez stepped in for Bernd Leno towards the back-end of last season after the German picked up a serious injury, and helped the club win the FA Cup and get back into Europe for this season.

However, he was not guaranteed a starting spot at the Emirates and The Argentine keeper went to Villa for an initial £17million in September because he did not want to be second choice at the Gunners.

And his decision paid off on Sunday night as he helped Dean Smith’s men to a thumping 3-0 win over his old club at the Emirates, and after the match the stopper has claimed that his move to Villa was a step up – not down

Martinez, was quoted on the SUN: “Some people do not realise how big Aston Villa are. They were all saying it was a step down in my career but I always said it was a step up.

“When I decided to come to Villa it was because I trusted the manager and the club’s ambitions.

“We are going to have a really good season hopefully, and keep fighting in every game for every ball. Hopefully we can finish in the top ten.”

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta is concerned about Arsenal’s lack of creativity going forward, with reports that a move for Houssem Aouar will be made in January

Arteta can be happy with the defensive signings that he managed to secure over the transfer window, but his side have been lacking a bit of creativity next to Thomas Partey in that midfield area, and it is causing the Spaniard some issues.

But after missing out on Aouar in the summer window, there has been some speculation in the media that the club will once again open talks to try and get the Frenchman signed up, although his £54 million price tag will be a massive issue once again.

But amidst all that speculation, Arteta has opened up and admitted that he needs to improve on the creativity of the Gunners side after the 3-0 thrashing against Aston Villa, speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “That is something we have to improve on, to create as well.

“We need to be more ruthless, but again I wouldn’t like to [point at] anybody – today wasn’t about that, it was about how we went about the job and who we were as a team and what we were transmitting as a team.

“I didn’t like it from the first whistle, we conceded on a mistake and got away with the goal on VAR and afterwards it was just not good enough.”

Aouar would be a great signing as Arsenal are lacking a creative player in that midfield, it will just be a case of whether that board will pay the money?

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