Aston Villa has roped in goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal on a four-year deal, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old spent 10 years at the Arsenal and played only 39 first-team matches for the Gunners in all competitions, including 23 in the 2019-20 campaign when he filled in for the injured Bernd Leno.
He helped Mikel Arteta’s side finish eighth in the league and lift its 14th FA Cup trophy last month as it defeated Chelsea 2-1 in the final at Wembley.
“We’re really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez,” Villa manager Dean Smith said.
British media said Villa paid 17 million pounds ($21.97 million) for the Argentine shot-stopper, who had loan spells at Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Getafe and Reading.