Emiliano Martinez sets sights on European football with Aston Villa

Defeat leaves Arsenal in the bottom half of the Premier League heading into the global break, their inconsistent start to the season having seen the Gunners win four and lose four of their opening eight league fixtures.

But, with Leno returning from his knee injury, Arteta had a decision to make.

Former Liverpool and Nottingham Forest striker Stan Collymore issued a strongly-worded condemnation of the character and performance of Arsenal striker Alexander Lacazette following their 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Aston Villa.

"I told him [Arteta] I wanted to play week in, week out and he couldn't guarantee who was going to start", said the 28-year-old to reporters.

"I would like to have a game tomorrow morning to get this one out of the system", he said after the whistle.

Martinez has revealed it was his desire to nail down a No. 1 spot that convinced him to leave Arsenal. I'm delighted to be honest. "He helped me leave the club after so many years". I've already said how grateful I am for that and how pleased I am about how well he is doing at Arsenal.

"I knew the club's ambitions". He is a very honest man and a great leader. "I am so happy that he is the club's captain".

He continued: "When I chose to come to Villa it was because I trusted the manager's ambitions and the club's ambitions". People don't realise how big it is.

"They were all saying it was a step down in my career, but I always said it was a step up".

"They called me from day one after winning against Chelsea In the FA cup Final". They didn't say I would play in the first game of the season against Fulham, so when I suspected I had to leave.

Arsenal produced a dismal display as they were comprehensively beaten by the impressive visitors in north London, a Bukayo Saka own goal opening the scoring for Aston Villa before an Ollie Watkins double secured an emphatic result. "Fela was the first and only choice for me".

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