“Didn’t want to go”; Emi Martínez speaks about Arsenal move
Aston Villa and Argentine international keeper Emi Martínez has – you guessed it – once again spoken out regarding his time at Arsenal. This time, however, he was not taking shots at the club.
The Mar del Plata-native, who has taken to life rather well at Villa Park after his move from the Emirates last summer, reflected on his decision to go to the north London giants back in 2010 as a 17-year-old from Independiente.
Aston Villa can confirm Emi Martínez and Emi Buendía have travelled to join up with the Argentina squad with the permission of the club in accordance with FIFA’s international match call-up rules.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) August 29, 2021
In an interview conducted with Argentina outlet El Pais while on international duty, Martínez laid bare the reasons behind his move to England; one that he apparently was not incredibly keen on.
“Arsenal came to look for me and Pepe Santoro [a coach at Independiente] told me that the train only passes once in a lifetime. My family and my agents thought the same. So, the decision was more for them than anything else.
I didn’t want to go. I did not regret it, but I wanted to play in Independiente. For a while, I thought: ‘If I stayed, in two years I will make my debut. [My family] lacked a little financially. I did it more for that than sports.”
Financial issues are a normal factor for professional footballers
There has long been a stigma that suggests that a footballer who moves from one club to another strictly for financial reasons, makes that player lack genuine intentions.
Emi Martínez certainly moved to Aston Villa from Arsenal for the sake of his career and a chance to be the guaranteed first-choice keeper at a club, but his move to Arsenal from Independiente being about money – and the financial welfare of his family – was hardly a poor choice.
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— Matheus Pereira (@MatheusPereira) August 28, 2021
The recent move of West Brom’s Brazilian sparkplug Matheus Pereira to Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Hilal Riyadh – when he could have secured a move back to the Premier League or to a continental league in far better standing – which the player admitted was down to money and his families financial future is a prime example of the realities of employment that we all face on a daily basis.
Most if not all of us have changed jobs for no other reason than receiving better wages; footballers often do the same. So perhaps this is one reason where Martínez speaking out about Arsenal will help raise more awareness of the realities of being a professional footballer; they’re not so different from us.