Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka despatched a congratulatory message to former teammate Emiliano Martinez after the goalkeeper performed a starring function in Argentina’s Copa America victory on Sunday.
Taking up Brazil on the Maracana, Lionel Scaloni’s males escaped with victory after Angel di Maria’s delectable chip secured the trophy.
While the Paris Saint-Germain ahead was formally the match-winner, former Arsenal man Martinez was additionally as pivotal.
The goalkeeper, who departed the Emirates Stadium to hitch Aston Villa final summer season, solely made two saves to maintain the Selecao at bay, however did handle to disclaim the likes of Neymar, Gabriel Barbosa, Roberto Firmino and Richarlison the pleasure of lifting the trophy.
It was Martinez’s fourth clear sheet of the competitors, having already stored out Uruguay, Paraguay and Ecuador on path to the ultimate.
His kind is actually no shock to Premier League followers with the Argentine having carried out excellently for Arsenal in Bernd Leno’s absence, while he additionally racked up 15 clear sheets within the league final season for Villa – that determine solely being bettered by the likes of Ederson and Eduoard Mendy.
Following his nation’s victory, Martinez took to Instagram to hail Argetina celebrity Lionel Messi, who lifted his first worldwide title.
He wrote: “We did it for all Argentines, proud to be Argentinian, @leomessi all yours animal.”
Former Gunners’ team-mate Xhaka replied to the submit together with his personal message.
The Swiss midfielder mentioned: “congrats brother”
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In the meantime, former Gunners youth prospect Ignasi Miquel additionally despatched his congratulations.
He wrote: “Huge Daddy!! Congratulations”
Elsewhere, Arsenal followers have been sending the identical message to present Gunners boss Mikel Arteta concerning his mistake in letting Martinez be part of Aston Villa final summer season.