Emiliano Martinez has claimed Arsenal gave him a 95 per cent chance of being the club’s No. 1 going into the opening game of the season.
It came after breaking into the first-team last season and impressing during his time there.
But his sudden shot to fame only came about after Bernd Leno was injured for a considerable amount of time.
After lockdown, in just the second match since football resumed, the German was injured during a clash with Brighton.
Martinez deputised, making his first real run of Premier League appearances for the Gunners despite being at the club for 12 years.
“I was finally the No. 1 and I was ready for it,” he told the Independent.
Emiliano Martinez left Arsenal in the summer
“It took 10 years to get there. You train as a goalkeeper every day, but nobody prepares you for the story of your life.
“Nobody trains you to be frustrated, nobody trains you to cry.
“What about when you don’t play for four months? Will you keep going or will you be mentally dead?
“I could’ve done so much more over the years, but finally the world started to see what I’m capable of.”
His time between the sticks was immensely successful, winning the FA Cup and Community Shield in the process.
But after Leno resumed fitness, he was back in goal – much to Martinez’s annoyance.
It led to the 28-year-old demanding a move away, with Aston Villa signing him for a fee of around £20m.
Emiliano Martinez left for Aston Villa in the summer
And he has already proved his worth after saving a penalty on his debut in a 1-0 win over Sheffield United.
“I thought if I played well that game [the Community Shield], I would be No.1, but afterwards it still wasn’t clear who was going to start in the league,” Martinez added.
“I was told that there was a 95% chance I would start against Fulham, but I just thought, ‘why not 100%?’
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