Emiliano Martinez: Aston Villa sign Arsenal goalkeeper for £17m

Martinez joined Arsenal as a youth player in 2010

Aston Villa have signed goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from fellow Premier League side Arsenal for £17m.

The 28-year-old Argentine, who made 23 appearances last season and played in the Gunners’ FA Cup final win over Chelsea, has signed a four-year deal.

Villa manager Dean Smith said Martinez will be a “key player for our club for the long term”.

“It is rare to be able to buy a top-class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age,” he added.

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

Martinez leaves Arsenal 10 years after joining as a youth team player in 2010.

Gunners manager Mikel Arteta decided Bernd Leno would be his first choice this season and the German started Arsenal’s Premier League opener on Saturday – a 3-0 victory at Fulham.

He is Villa’s third recruit of the summer after striker Ollie Watkins signed from Brentford for a club record fee and right-back Matty Cash arrived from Nottingham Forest.

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Quade Jones denied bail after allegedly bashing Emiliano Lombardi during Perth ‘rampage’

The behaviour of a man accused of going on a “rampage” in suburban Perth, including bashing an elderly man who died later in hospital, has been described by a magistrate as “concerning, random and bizarre”.

Quade Karsum Jones, 28, today applied for release on bail on a string of charges relating to an alleged hour-and-a-half crime spree in East Cannington on the evening of Sunday August 16.

He is accused of assaulting complete strangers, throwing bricks through the windows of houses and pulling letterboxes out of the ground.

The Perth Magistrates Court was told Mr Jones and another man who he was seen with were also accused of graffitiing property.

Quade Karsum Jones was arrested at a train station four days after the alleged crime spree.(Supplied: WA Police)

The most serious allegation Mr Jones is facing, of causing grievous bodily harm, relates to 84-year-old grandfather Emiliano Lombardi, who was found in his house covered in blood suffering from serious head injuries.

He was discovered by police who, when called to the area, found a broken car wing mirror at a nearby property that was covered in blood, which they learned had come from Mr Lombardi’s vehicle.

The court heard Mr Lombardi was taken to hospital and put in an induced coma, but he died earlier this week.

Accused told police he had no memory of actions

The police prosecutor said investigating officers were waiting on the results of forensic tests before deciding if the grievous bodily harm charge would be upgraded.

The prosecutor opposed the bail application, describing the allegations against Mr Jones as “a rampage” and saying there was a strong case against the accused.

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Emiliano Lombardi died earlier this week after he was bashed at his East Cannington house.(ABC News: West Matteeussen)

The court heard the graffiti which was sprayed on the property had the tag “Flick and Fick”, something police traced to Mr Jones through their “graffiti database”.

When he was arrested four days later, he told detectives while he was in the vicinity of the incidents, he had no memory of what he did.

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Flowers were left lying outside Mr Lombardi’s house on Henry Street in East Cannington this week.(ABC News: West Matteeussen)

Mr Jones appeared in court via video link from Hakea prison, and his lawyer Paul Catalano accepted that the charges his client was facing were serious.

But he said it was unclear what the man who was with Mr Jones was doing at the time, and he also said in relation to the GBH charge, there was no identification evidence linking his client to it.

Mr Catalano said it was expected to be “some time” before the case could be finalised and Mr Jones needed medical care for anxiety and mental health issues, saying that was best provided by his general practitioner.

He also said Mr Jones had the support of his father, who would impose strict conditions on him to live at his house.

Bail denied as court told of prior convictions

Magistrate Elaine Campione said while it was difficult at this early stage to assess the strength of the case against Mr Jones, it could not be said it was a “hopeless” one.

She said she did not regard Mr Jones as a suitable candidate for bail, noting he had prior convictions for breaching bail and restraining orders.

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Emiliano Lombardi was attacked inside his home.(Supplied: WA Police)

The court was also told he was convicted and sentenced in November 2016 for the offence of assault occasioning bodily harm.

Magistrate Campione described the allegations about Mr Jones’s behaviour as “concerning, random and bizarre” and said the “protection of the community abrogated against the grant of bail”.

Mr Jones was remanded in custody ahead of his next expected court appearance next month.

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