Unai Emery and Villarreal are planning a move for Emi Martinez if Mikel Arteta doesn’t make the goalkeeper first choice this season.

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts to scoring the winning penalty as he jumps into the arms of Arsenal's Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez during the shoot-out during the English FA Community Shield football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 29, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW COULDRIDGE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts to scoring on August 29, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW COULDRIDGE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Telegraph report that Unai Emery is planning a move for Villarreal to sign Emi Martinez this summer, if Mikel Arteta doesn’t make the goalkeeper first choice at Arsenal.

Emery is keen to reunite with Martinez. Although the goalkeeper wants to stay with his current club, that will change if Bernd Leno remains the number one at Arsenal.

As we previously covered, Aston Villa are also in the mix, though they made a particularly low bid.

If Martinez stays, he’ll get a new contract with Arsenal. He’s currently earning a lot less than Leno, which obviously wouldn’t make sense if he was starting as many games as the German international at the same age.

For the time being, it certainly seems as if Arteta is still keen to use Martinez. He picked him for the Community Shield match against Liverpool, despite Leno and Matt Macey featuring in the only friendly before that.

It’s also possible the head coach was just rotating between the goalkeepers, though. The real test will be seeing which one of them starts against Fulham next weekend. If it’s not Martinez, expect Villarreal to prepare a bid.

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