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Aston Villa signed Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez from Arsenal for £ 17 million last September, and the 28-year-old is hands down one of the best at his position right now in the Premier League.
Martinez left the Gunners after 10 years when it emerged that Bernd Leno would be manager Mikel Arteta’s first choice this season, and he described the move as a step forward in his career.
Villa secured league wins at home and away over Arsenal this season, with the goalkeeper playing a huge role as his team completed a high-level double over the Gunners since the inaugural Premier League campaign in 1992-93. .
Martinez kept a clean sheet in both games and is one of the reasons Dean Smith’s team is flying high this period and ahead of his old club at the table.
Villa has had 11 wins and two draws in 21 league games, conceding 24 goals and keeping a clean sheet at 11, and Arsenal legend Ray Parlor and former West Ham United star Trevor Sinclair believe the England team should be looking at Martinez.
👏 𝗥𝗮𝘆: “He is one of the signings of the summer … he would enter the England team”.
𝗧𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗼𝗿 𝗧𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗼𝗿: “100% Emi Martínez would be in the England team, for me.”
– talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 12, 2021
The Argentine has not yet played for the senior team of his country of birth, but has represented them at the under-17 and under-20 levels.
Villa’s man was called up to Argentina’s senior team to replace Oscar Ustari to face Nigeria in June 2011, and received his second senior call-up against Germany and Ecuador in October 2019.
However, he was an unused substitute for those friendly matches and is eligible to represent England while qualifying due to his youth squad status.
However, the Three Lions are not short of quality options in the goalkeeping department, with Everton’s Jordan Pickford, Burnley’s Nick Pope and Manchester United’s Dean Henderson vying for the No. 1 spot right now.
However, Martinez will definitely give them a run for the money if manager Gareth Southgate decides to call him.