Emiliano Martinez has revealed he was impressed with Mikel Arteta's honesty and openness while he was texting the Arsenal boss to seal a move to Aston Villa in the summer.
The Argentinean goalkeeper stepped up in the absence of Bernd Leno while the German was injured in the latter stages of last season and impressed, helping the Gunners win the FA Cup.
But once it became apparent that he would likely become No.2 again for the coming season he pushed for a move, and eventually joined Villa for £20m.
Speaking following his side's 3-0 win over his former team on Sunday, Martinez explained exactly how things progressed ahead of his transfer.
"I just wanted to play first-team football and Arsenal could not guarantee me that," Martinez said.
'Even before the Community Shield he (Arteta) didn't know who was going to play in goal. After 10 years at the club I didn't want to wait until Friday night, the day before the game, to know whether I was going to play against Fulham or not.
"So I just text him to say I was going to Aston Villa, so please help me and let me go."
Arteta tends comes across as a rather ruthless and emotionally detached manager when he is seen in interviews, but Martinez had nothing but praised when asked about how he dealt with the request to leave.
"He was very honest and very open with me," Martinez added.
"He helped me to leave the club after so many years. I've already said how grateful I am for that and how pleased I am about how well he is doing at Arsenal. I'm so happy he is the leader of the club.
"Obviously I have ambitions and he couldn't help the ambitions that I wanted, so we had a clear conversation. He's a very honest man and a great leader for this football club."
With Arsenal going through a tricky period, Arteta may have to tap into his emotional side again as he looks to raise his players and help them bounce back from the recent disappointing results after the international break.
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