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Aston Villa sign Emiliano Martinez for £16m from Arsenal

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Aston Villa have announced the signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal for £16million.

The Argentine has signed a four-year deal with the Villians after spending ten yearsin North London

Martinez signed his first professional contract with the Gunners in 2012 after a couple of seasons in the youth ranks and has had six different loan spells whilst at the club.

Aston Villa have announced the signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal

Aston Villa have announced the signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal

He most notably featured for Arsenal in the latter stages of the 2019-20 season and played in their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea

Upon his departure from Arsenal, Martinez told arsenal.com: ‘Thank you, thank you for all of the years (of support).’ 

‘I thank God for having the opportunity over the past few months to show the Arsenal fanbase what I am made of, and why I went on loan so many times.

‘It was always to come back and win them trophies and give them silverware. I did it, I feel prouder than ever.

‘They made me as a goalkeeper; not just the club, not just my goalkeeping coaches but the fans as well because they supported me, gave me the confidence to perform as well and I wish them all the best and hope they win many, many trophies. Thank you. That’s all I can say.’

Martinez revealed upon his departure from the Gunners that he felt 'prouder than ever'

Martinez revealed upon his departure from the Gunners that he felt ‘prouder than ever’

Manager Dean Smith told the club website: ‘We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

‘We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.

‘We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our Club for the long term.’

Villa manager Dean Smith expressed his delight with the signing of the Argentine stopper

Villa manager Dean Smith expressed his delight with the signing of the Argentine stopper

The signing of Martinez has followed some huge developments from Villa Park the day before as Jack Grealish signed a new five-year deal worth about £135,000 per week to give Aston Villa a huge boost for the new season.

The Villa captain was admired by Manchester United but has now accepted a huge pay rise – an increase of about £55,000 per week on his previous salary – with his current club.

Villa had no interest in discussing a deal for their homegrown star at anything below £80million – a fee only a handful of clubs could contemplate after the coronavirus pandemic reshaped the financial landscape of football.  

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has signed a new five-year contract at Villa Park

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has signed a new five-year contract at Villa Park

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Arsenal vs West Ham LIVE SCORE: Eddie Nketiah fires Gunners back in front at the Emirates – stream, TV channel

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85. That is an absolute sucker punch for West Ham.

Saka finds Ceballos with an excellent ball that splits the West Ham defence.

Ceballos looks up and rolls the ball across the face of goal to the feet of Nketiah who taps into an empty net.

Arsenal re-take the lead!

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UFC Fight Night – Covington vs Woodley FREE: UK start time, live stream, TV channel, prelims for TONIGHT’s card

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COLBY Covington and Tyron Woodley face-off in the main event of UFC Fight Night 178 this weekend.

This is the final match-up before UFC goes back to Abu Dhabi for a host of major duels.

Woodley and Covington have been wanting to fight since 2018

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What TV Channel is UFC 178 on?

The fight will be shown on BT Sport 1.

It can be live streamed on BT Sport’s website and app.

They will start their prelims at 11pm BST.

Earlier prelims will be shown on UFC’s Fight Pass for subscribers as normal.

In the US, all prelims can be watched on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.

How can I watch UFC 178 for FREE?

EE mobile customers can get a FREE three-month trial of BT Sport by texting SPORT to 150.

You can then cancel the trial at any time.

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What is the fight card?

Main card (BT Sport 1, 1am Sunday)

  • Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley, Welterweight
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Price, Welterweight
  • Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gerald Meerschaert, Middleweight
  • Johnny Walker vs. Ryan Spann, Light Heavyweight
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Randa Markos, Women’s Strawweight
  • Kevin Holland vs. Darren Stewart, Middleweight

Preliminary Card (BT Sport 1, 11pm Saturday)

  • Mirsad Bektic vs. Luiz Garagorri, Featherweight
  • Mayra Bueno Silva vs. Mara Romero Borella, Women’s Flyweight
  • Jordan Espinosa vs. David Dvorak, Flyweight
  • Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Sarah Alpar, Women’s Bantamweight
  • Journey Newson vs. Randy Costa, Bantamweight
  • Andre Ewell vs. Irwin Rivera, Bantamweight
  • Darrick Minner vs. T.J. Laramie, Featherweight

What have they said?

Woodley has warned Covington that he is willing to strike him illegally to win the bout.

He has implied that he will not be in control of his hands and they could land anywhere in the fight, including his opponent’s groin.

He said: “I’ll let them go upside his head, body. I might even punch in the sack for the warning, bap. I will take the warning or even the point deduction, I feel good guys.”

The pair were first supposed to fight when Woodley was champion in 2018.

But both men accused the other of not taking up the offer.

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Gareth Bale transfer news LIVE: Bale and Reguilon CONFIRMED by Spurs, Jota SIGNS for Liverpool, Aston Villa sign Traore

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Huddersfield Town have sealed a deal on a loan move for Ajax starlet Carel Eiting.

The left-footed Dutch midfielder will wear the Terriers’ number 14 shirt this term.

And Carel, 22, was a sub in Ajax’s season opening win against Sparta Rotterdam.

Huddersfield head coach Carlos Corberan said: “He’s a midfielder who give us different options; he can play as a playmaker, in more attacking positions or as a mixed, box-to-box midfielder.”

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