The former Arsenal and Villa star – who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports – has praised Martinez, and believes that the goalkeeper is a good signing for the Villans.
Dean Smith’s side recently secured the services of the Argentine goalkeeper for a transfer fee reported by The Guardian to be worth £20 million.
Merson wrote in The Daily Star: “Villa have done some good business. They’ve done well to keep Jack Grealish. Fair play to him for signing his contract.
“And Emiliano Martinez is a great signing because £20m for a keeper this day and age is cheap and he was outstanding for Arsenal last season.”
Is Emiliano Martinez a good signing for Aston Villa?
Tom Heaton is injured at the moment, which means that Martinez will go straight into the Villa starting lineup.
The Argentine did well in the final weeks of last season for Arsenal, and he is certainly capable of playing for a big club such as Villa.
When Heaton recovers and is available again, manager Dean Smith will have two top-quality goalkeepers competing for a spot in the starting lineup, and that will be great for the team.
Villa will be aiming to challenge for the Premier League top 10 this season.
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