Emiliano Martinez is determined to become Arsenal’s permanent No.1 goalkeeper after impressing at the back end of last season.
The Argentinian was forced to play second-fiddle to Bernd Leno for the majority of the 2019/20 campaign, failing to make a Premier League appearance before Project Restart got underway.
However, when Leno picked up a season-ending injury away at Brighton on June 20 he was given a chance to impress in between the sticks.
In the end Martinez did exactly that, with a number of solid performances helping the Gunners beat Manchester City and Chelsea on their way to FA Cup glory.
Emiliano Martinez impressed in goal for Arsenal at the back end of last season
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Mikel Arteta now has a crucial decision to make after seeing Leno return to full training last month, as Martinez will now have hopes of becoming Arsenal’s No.1 goalkeeper on a regular basis.
And after recently revealing there are 10 clubs interested in signing him this summer, the 27-year-old has expressed his desire to remain in north London and become a permanent fixture in Arteta’s side.
The backup shot-stopper’s solid form helped the Gunners win a record 14th FA Cup
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“I came to Arsenal in 2010 and had to go through five loans, plus another, playing just one game, at Oxford,” he is quoted as saying by AS.
“It wasn’t easy, really. It cost me and I suffered more than I should, but today I can say that all the effort was worth it.
And now he is determined to stay at the Emirates and become a permanent fixture in between the sticks
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“The last [loan spell], at Reading, was the one I enjoyed the most. Coach José Gomes gave me a lot of confidence. And I grew a lot.
“If I’ve been back so many times, it’s because they kept trusting that I could be their number…