Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains what he told Emi Martinez in text exchange

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed he’s spoken with Emiliano Martinez ahead of the goalkeeper’s return to the Emirates with Aston Villa this evening. Mikel Arteta had a big decision to make this summer when it came down to choosing who is first-choice goalkeeper would be going forward.

Bernd Leno had been in top form for Arsenal last season before he picked up in an injury in the final games of the season.

Martinez, who had spent nine years at Arsenal without breaking into the first team on a regular basis, was then given a chance to prove himself in the Premier League.

And he soon earned rave reviews as he helped guide the Gunners to glory in the FA Cup with excellent performances against both Manchester City and Chelsea.

Martinez was also crucial as Arsenal went on to beat Liverpool in the Community Shield.

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His stock had risen at Arsenal heading into the summer transfer window and there was a serious debate on whether he would keep hold of his place in goal with Leno returning from injury.

Ultimately, Arteta decided to stick with Leno as his No 1 option which opened the door for Martinez to join Villa.

Now just two months after leaving Arsenal, Martinez will return to face his former side later today with both teams sitting on 12 points.

Martinez has impressed so far, keeping three clean sheets in his six league appearances.


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The Argentine will come up against Gabon international Aubameyang, who he knows well from his time at Arsenal.

The former team-mates have exchanged words ahead of Sunday’s match and Aubemyang has joked about telling the goalkeeper what he plans to do.

“He knows [the secrets], but I’ve got no worries about that,” he told Arsenal’s official website.

“He knows a lot of things, but things can change on the day of the game.

“Emi is a great keeper and a great guy as well.

“It’s going to be funny to play against him.

“He sent me a message and said, ‘Hopefully you’re going to get a penalty and I’m going to save it.’

“I said, ‘OK, be ready for the chip then!’”

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