Former Arsenal star Santi Cazorla now sends five word message to Emiliano Martinez after Argentina lift the World Cup
Martinez left the Gunners back in 2020 after a brief spell in the first-team under Mikel Arteta. The 30-year-old was used as a back-up option to Bernd Leno but has now gone on to become Argentina’s number one shot stopper.
The Aston Villa star played a pivotal role in Argentina winning the World Cup and was the hero in two penalty shootouts in the tournament. And Cazorla has now labelled him a ‘beast’ after yesterday’s dramatic win in Qatar.
Yesterday’s final was arguably the best ever as Argentina drew 3-3 with France after playing 120 minutes of end-to-end football.
La Albiceleste looked to be in complete control of the game as they were 2-0 up with just 10 minutes remaining. But Kylian Mbappe struck twice to force extra-time, after Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria thought they had secured victory.
But the drama didn’t end at full-time as Messi thought he had won it once again for Argentina as he struck at the beginning of the second-half.
His teammate Mbappe stepped up once again from the penalty spot though and beat Martinez for a second time to force a shootout.
Villa’s number proved to be the hero yet again during the penalty shootout though, just like he was against the Netherlands, to help Argentina to their first World Cup win since 1986.
Santi Cazorla sends message to Emi Martinez
Martinez took to Instagram after the game to express his delight at becoming a world champion in Qatar.
The Villa man posted a series of pictures from the final, including a shot of his brilliant save to deny Randal Kolo Muani from winning it for France right at the end of the 90 minutes.
His former and current teammates flocked beneath the post to congratulate him, including the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Granit Xhaka and Matty Cash.
And Cazorla replied: “Congratulations beast, you deserve it,” alongside a heart emoji.
Of course, Cazorla and Martinez played together during their time at the Emirates. Cazorla was more of a key player in north London before leaving in 2018 though.
Martinez impressed during his run in the first-team under Arteta but moved on to seek regular first-team football after being a back-up option.
It’s brilliant to see Martinez thriving on the biggest stage after some frustrating years in north London. The Villa star was also presented with the Golden Glove award after the World Cup final yesterday and it was fully deserved after his commanding displays for Argentina.
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