Emi Martinez wants to take Aston Villa into Europe
Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez has been discussing his aims for his time with the club and it is clear that the Argentine has high aspirations at Villa Park.
The stopper arrived from Arsenal in the summer in a deal worth a reported (Sky Sports) £18.5 million.
He has had an immediate impact, making a penalty save on his debut as Aston Villa start the new season in fine form, currently sitting second in the table with a perfect record from three games, including a stunning 7-2 win over Liverpool last time out.
That has excitement running high around the club at present and Martinez is not ready to temper such a feeling.
“My goal is to play in Europe, because I did not come here thinking that we are going to settle for not relegation,” Martinez told DAZN, as relayed by AS. “My ambition is to reach the Europa League and that is my goal, it is my dream, that’s why I work, that’s why I do everything I do.”
The 28-year-old is clearly hopeful that Aston Villa can go on to achieve success not only in domestic competition but in Europe as well.
Aston Villa last played in Europe a decade ago, when caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald’s side were dumped out of the Europa League at the play-off round by Rapid Vienna, the second season in a row the Austrian side had sent Aston Villa packing after a Nikica Jelavic inspired Rapid knocked Villa out in 2009-10.
Martinez is now hoping this current Aston Villa side, with the likes of Jack Grealish, John McGinn, and Ollie Watkins firing, can take Aston Villa back to competition on the continent.
Where, hopefully, they will stay far away from Rapid Vienna.