Emiliano Martinez: Aston Villa interested in Arsenal goalkeeper

Arsenal interested in Brentford's David Raya as potential replacement if they are to sell Martinez

Emiliano Martinez

Aston Villa are interested in signing Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

Arsenal are under no pressure to sell Martinez and will only consider his departure if they can find a replacement.

The Gunners have an interest in Brentford keeper David Raya, who their goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana Pavon worked with at Brentford.

However, Brentford insist Raya, who is under contract until 2023, is not for sale.

Martinez has two years remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium and impressed since replacing Leno when the German got injured in June.

He kept nine clean sheets in 23 games last season and helped Arsenal to win the FA Cup, also starting for their Community Shield victory on penalties over Liverpool.

David Raya  understands players putting their families first
Image: David Raya could be on Arsenal's list to replace Martinez

The club accepts Martinez wants to play regular first team football, although that cannot be guaranteed to him or Leno.

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Last week, Sky Sports News reported Bundesliga side Schalke 04, managed by former Huddersfield boss David Wagner, are also interested in the Argentine.

Publicly, Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta is happy with having two goalkeepers who could both be number one.

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Image: Martinez conceded three of the eight shots fired at his bottom-left corner in the Premier League last season

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