Emiliano Martinez became just the third Premier League goalkeeper to register two clean sheets in their first games against their old club, as Aston Villa beat Arsenal 1-0.
The Argentinian was allowed to leave the Emirates in the summer, with Mikel Arteta opting to keep Bernd Leno as his first choice keeper.
That was despite Martinez shining in Leno's absence through injury, helping the Gunners to win the FA Cup and Community Shield.
But with Arteta unwilling to offer him regular football, he decided to sign for Villa and end his long association with the Gunners.
Shortly after signing, he insisted that the move to Villa Park was ‘a step up’, with ambitions on playing in Europe.
“They were all saying it was a step down in my career, but I always said it was a step up," he said.
“When I decided to come to Villa it was because I trusted the manager and the club’s ambitions, and I knew how big Villa are.
“Some people do not realise how big Aston Villa are. I said on day one my ambition is to be in Europe with Aston Villa.”
And Ollie Watkins’ goal after two minutes saw Villa move four points ahead of the Gunners, having played two games fewer.
Dean Smith’s side could move into the top-four should they win their games in hand, while Arsenal’s European ambitions have been severely dented by two defeats in a week.
However, Arteta insisted that his side were the better having ‘completely dominated’ Villa, with Martinez making a string of impressive sides.
“Really strong performance again today we completely dominated the game, we dominated every department and we should have won the game,” the Arsenal boss said.
“But, in the Premier League when you just give a goal to opponents, and we gave them another three opportunities to be fair ourselves, we gifted it to them, and then you are not ruthless in the box, you cannot win these games.
He added: “The rest, the way the team played, the energy that they showed, the quality that they showed, the amount of chances and situations that we created, how quickly we regained the ball, how we controlled long balls second balls, how aggressive we were, just incredible. But it wasn’t enough to win the game.”
Martinez is widely being hailed as one of the best of the summer, with his decision looking more shrewd with every passing week.
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