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Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal.

The 28-year-old who lifted the FA Cup with the Gunners last season, has agreed a four-year deal with the club.

The Gunners have accepted a £16m offer from Villa which could rise to £20m with add-ons.

Villa coach Dean Smith said: “We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

“We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.

“We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our Club for the long term.”

Martinez, who had two years remaining on his Arsenal contract, impressed when he stepped in for Bernd Leno when the German was injured following June’s Premier League restart, but was absent from the matchday squad for the opening weekend win at Fulham.

He kept nine clean sheets in 23 games last season.

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