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Arsenal identify Emiliano Martinez replacement as Mikel Arteta sanctions sale of FA Cup hero

Martinez wants to be the starting stopper (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal are ready to cash in on Emiliano Martinez and have already identified a replacement, reports say.

Martinez shone for Arsenal at the end of the season having stepped up to replace the injured Bernd Leno and lifted the FA Cup with his team-mates at the end of the campaign.

The Argentine is determined to be a No.1 goalkeeper and is prepared to pursue that aim away from Arsenal.

The Athletic claim Mikel Arteta and his staff still consider German stopper Leno their starting goalkeeper and the head coach is prepared to offload Martinez.

Arsenal think the 25-year-old could fetch £20million in the transfer market, although Martinez is hopeful the Gunners’ asking price will not block his exit.

Martinez would like Arsenal to take a hit on his transfer fee if needs be, considering he is the longest serving player at the club.

Having signed a six-year deal in 2016 worth £20,000 a week, Martinez and his team have been pushing for a better contract.

Martinez won the FA Cup with Arsenal last season (Picture: Getty)

Martinez would expect Arsenal chiefs to follow through on their promise of a salary bump by…