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Aston Villa favourites to land Arsenal goalkeeper Emi Martinez

Aston Villa are favourites to land Arsenal goalkeeper Emi Martinez.

The London Evening Standard says Villa are in pole position to wrap up a £20million deal for Martinez.

The Argentina international excelled towards the end of last season as he filled in for the injured Bernd Leno, stepping up and playing a starring role as Arsenal went on to win a record 14th FA Cup.

At 28, however, Martinez is keen for regular first-team football and is ready to leave the Emirates Stadium to get it.

The goalkeeper has been with the Gunners for a decade but aspirations of being a Premier League No1 and Argentina's first choice keeper means he is ready to leave.

Aston Villa are now closing in on a deal for Martinez and are ready to part with £20m to bring him in.

The goalkeeper was duly omitted from Arsenal's squad for Saturday's 3-0 win at Fulham and personal terms will now be discussed with Villa.

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