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“Remember When” – Villa’s Friday Surprise Is One To Wrap Your Hands Around

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Not for the first time since the arrival of NSWE, Aston Villa fans have been absolutely blindsided today with the announcement of a new contract extension for valuable and irreplaceable goalkeeper Emi Martinez.

The 29-year-old, now Argentine and Copa winning international, made the unexpected switch from Arsenal back in September 2020 for a snip £17million. Having made our No1 shirt his own, he then made the Argentina shirt his own – quickly endearing himself to both sets of fans with his penalty antics and general attitude.

For obvious reasons this season has been a bit more mixed, but having matched Brad Friedel’s Premier League Clean Sheet record (15 – 2020/21), there’s no reason to believe Emi won’t smash it in the years ahead.

Already under contract until the summer of 2025, Martinez has signed a two year extension keeping him with us until 2027 and plenty of fans will see it as a vote of confidence to our future ambitions given the press have tried to sell him from under us since his form rocketed.

With 58 appearances to his name since his arrival, speaking to the Official Site as his new deal was announced, Emi has clearly found his spiritual ‘home’ now.

“I won a major tournament with Argentina not long ago and every time I come through the tunnel at Villa Park on a matchday, I can see the crowd, the lights, the fans excited for us to play. Just before coming out, I see the Champions League trophy and the FA Cup trophy and that’s where I want to get. I want to be in a Champions League final with Villa, I want to be at Wembley playing in an FA Cup final or Carabao Cup final. That’s why I’m committing five and a half years to this club because that’s where I want to get.”

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Thanking the club for supporting and believing in him, as well as helping to make him a better stopper, Martinez is determined to improve further where ‘it feels like home’.

With so many saves under his belt, here’s a few of the best if you’ve forgotten some.

Unless you’re an Arsenal fan or support the so called big six, I defy anyone not to love this news.

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Savo Milosevic arrived at Villa Park in the summer of 1995, which club did we sign him from?

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