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Aston Villa signing Emi Martinez: I joined Arsenal with NINE keepers ahead of me

Aston Villa signing Emi Martinez is proud of his progress at former club Arsenal.

The Agentine admits upon joining the Gunners "I thought that I wasn't going to make it".

“At the beginning of my first year, I thought that I wasn't going to make it," he told the club's website. “That was the reality then because I had nine goalies in front of me. I always believed I had the talent to do it, but never actually believed in myself that I would do it.

“But then over the years, I remember I was on the bench for a Community Shield, I won three FA Cups and three Community Shields but I wasn't actually part of the team, I wasn't getting the minutes I needed so I never felt that I won it. I was part of the team, but I never felt it was mine.

“I had to go loan after loan after loan to come back and have a chance to become the keeper I am today. I am grateful to be the player I am and the person I am, because I came here as a young boy, single, from Argentina, a poor country and from a poor family, and I am leaving with a wife, with a kid and as a man. Everything because of Arsenal."

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