Emiliano Martinez has dream start for Aston Villa saving penalty against Sheffield United following £20million move from Arsenal
Sept. 21, 2020
Emiliano Martinez made an instant impact for Aston Villa following his move from Arsenal saving a penalty on his debut.
Villa gave away a penalty when Matt Targett fouled Chris Basham in the box after 33 minutes but his blushes were spared.
John Lundstram stepped up to take the spot kick but Martinez dived to his right and pushed the ball away.
It was the 27-year-old’s first real test following his £20million move from the Gunners and he is already proving to be a solid investment.
Martinez sought a move away from north London after no longer being happy to sit as a back-up. He proved in Bernd Leno’s absence last season that he was capable of being a number one goalkeeper.
His good start for Villa was further evidence of his case for being one of the top ‘keepers in the league.
It was an eventful first-half at Villa Park with the Blades being reduced to 10 men just 12 minutes into the match.
Defender John Egan was shown the red card by referee Graham Scott after tussling with Watkins as he attempted to latch on to a long ball forward from Tyrone Mings, the decision standing following a VAR check.