first_imgMartinez was emotional after winning the FA Cup (Picture: Getty Images)‘That’s what I saw when I won the FA Cup and the Community Shield, I saw blue sky and it is the right time for me to step up.‘They all understood at Arsenal and they support my decision. The Arsenal fanbase were always there for me, I felt the love.‘Even when Bernd got injured I was receiving loads of messages saying, “Emi we trust you. You are our goalie. We know you’re going to do so well.”‘That made me confident, made me win games, made me the keeper I am today.‘They understood my story, they loved the way I worked hard in the club and I’m so grateful to be part of the Arsenal family for 11 years.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMartinez is expected to be confirmed as an Aston Villa player in the very near future.MORE: Arsenal fought off ‘two major offers’ to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign new contractMORE: Arsenal chief Mikel Arteta plots two transfers after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signs new dealFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisement Emiliano Martinez confirms Arsenal exit with emotional message to club and fans Emiliano Martinez is moving on from Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Emiliano Martinez has sent an emotional message to Arsenal fans and the club as he prepares to leave after a decade in north London.The Argentine goalkeeper is expected to join Aston Villa in a £20m move, despite starring for the Gunners in their run to the FA Cup final last season and as they won the Community Shield against Liverpool last month.Martinez has been at the club since 2010 and has largely been an understudy for various other goalkeepers, but finally got his chance to shine after Bernd Leno was injured at the back end of last season.The 28-year-old feels that all his hard work paid off, with his chance to play and star in the first team, and now it is time to move on with Leno returning and his place under threat again.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I always had that feeling that I would have my chance at Arsenal,’ Martinez said in an Instagram video. ‘Season after season I was always trying to come back to the club I love [from loan] to try and have my chance.‘I waited, I worked past the frustration because football is not always easy, like everyone thinks.‘I’m proud to overcome my frustration and show the Arsenal fanbase what they missed 10 years ago, because I knew I could do the same thing years before.‘I truly believe that keepers go at different times and on different paths. For me, it was hard, but I knew there was light at the end of the tunnel.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMartinez is thrilled with the response he has had from the Arsenal fans and thanked them for their support.‘With my family I decided, 11 years at the club, 10 years worked so hard, I leave through the front door today,’ said the stopper.‘For me I could not be happier to leave through the front door with the Arsenal fanbase supporting me and the club.‘I’m very grateful for the 11 years at Arsenal, even if it was a hard road for me.‘Today I’m happy and I tried to show all the young goalies that hard work pays off.‘When you work hard you’re not going to be happy the whole time, there’s going to be frustrations and bad times, but you have to work past that and you’re going to see the light. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 15 Sep 2020 10:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShareslast_img read more

first_imgThis is the moment you’ve all been waiting for — Tiger Woods is in contention heading into the final round of the Masters.The 43-year-old shot a 5-under 67 to move to 11 under for the tournament and in a tie with Tony Finau two shots back of the lead at the end of his round. Masters 2019: Webb Simpson charges up leaderboard with second-best round ever at Augusta National “After a bogey at 5, we got on a roll there and the only putt I (really) missed all day was at 8 for eagle and it was a good putt.”Woods used a splendid stretch for the 6th through the 16th in which he went 6 under with six birdies to get to 11 under.All of the excitement culminated with a beautiful iron at the 16th and perfect putt for birdie which tied him with Finau — at the time — for the lead.Tiger Woods is tied for the lead at #themasters— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 13, 2019Just minutes after Woods tied the lead though, Francesco Molinari made a birdie to move to 12 under and one up on Woods. Molinari would also birdie the 15th to go up two on Woods.Molinari somewhat famously pulled away from Woods at the Open Championship last year and snatched away the 14-time major winner’s title in the process.If Molinari were to finish in the solo lead to end his round, he might play alongside Woods as a part of a threesome with Finau as the Masters has been forced to adjust its format on Sunday.With thunderstorms bound for Augusta late on Sunday, the final round has been moved up and golfers have been put in threesomes rather than pairs. Masters 2019: Fabulous Tony Finau shoots 64 to move into leadcenter_img “This will be different,” he said. “Normally we have a sleep in on Sunday if we play well, tomorrow (Sunday) it’s going to be an early wake-up call and get the body going and get the mind ready, and it’s going to be a little bit different going off of two tees, threesomes and, you know, it doesn’t feel like Augusta National, but I remember when Jack (Nicklaus) finished up his last round here he finished up on nine, so I guess the precedent has already been set.”As the tournament stands now, Molinari, Woods and Finau would play together on Sunday barring changes to the leaderboard.Woods has never won a major when trailing going into the final round. Several other players are still on the course, so this could change, but for now, Woods’ name is very near the top of the leaderboard.”I felt like if I just get the speed a little bit better than I did yesterday — because I had the lines — they’re going to start going in and they did,” Woods told ESPN after his round. Related Newslast_img read more