Emiliano Martinez, the former Arsenal goalkeeper, had stated that he never wanted to join the club when they sought to sign him in 2010.
The goalie expressed his desire to remain with Argentina’s Independiente.
Martinez was signed by Arsenal when he was a teenager from Argentina.
After that, he spent ten years in London, making only 38 first-team appearances.
He went on loan to Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United, Wolves, Getafe, and Reading after leaving north London.
During the 2019-20 season, the goalie finally established his worth to Arsenal, making 23 appearances and won the FA Cup.
At the end of the season, he moved to Aston Villa in search of – and finding – guaranteed first-team appearances.
The 29-year-old admitted that he had no desire to join the club in the first place.
In an interview with El Pais, Martinez remarked, “Arsenal came looking for me, and Pepe Santoro warned me that the train only comes around once in a lifetime.”
“Both my family and my representatives believed the same thing. As a result, the decision was made more for them [his family] than for any other reason.
“I was adamant about not going. I have no regrets, but I had hoped to play for Independiente.
For a while, I thought to myself ‘If I stay, I’ll make my debut in two years.’ I was confident that I could make it to Independiente’s first team. The goalkeepers of the youth team were trusted by the club.
“We were a little short on cash. I did it for that reason rather than for sports.”