North London giants Arsenal have identified the man to replace Emiliano Martinez who’s closing in on a move to fellow English top flight club Aston Villa.

According to the Daily Star, the Gunners have made Brentford shot stopper David Raya their number one target as they seek to replace Martinez.

Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez rejected the offer of a new contract from Arsenal after manager Mikel Arteta was unable to guarantee him a spot in the starting XI ahead of Bernd Leno.

The 28-year-old then opted to sign for Aston Villa who have had a £20m bid accepted for their goalkeeper target. Emiliano Martinez is expected to undergo his medicals and complete the transfer to Aston Villa at the start of this week.

Emiliano Martinez was dropped from the Arsenal squad for yesterday’s Premier League opener at newly promoted team Fulham as his move to Villa edges closer.

In the absence of Emiliano Martinez, young goalkeeper Matt Macey was elevated to the Gunners bench as they beat Fulham 3-0 to start the new league season on a winning note.

£10m-rated Brentford goalkeeper David Raya is pushing for a move to the Emirates Stadium with his club reluctant to grant his wish.

Brentford have maintained that the goalkeeper is not for sale amidst the interest from Arsenal.



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