Chelsea are in the hunt for a new goalie as the search to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga continues. Arsenal’s Emi Martinez is one name that should be considered.
Chelsea will most definitely be on the lookout for a goalkeeper this season. With lots of options out there to choose from, Arsenal’s Emiliano Martinez is one option that shouldn’t be over-looked.
Over the past few months, Andre Onana, Jan Oblak and Dean Henderson are some of the goalkeeper names that have in one way been linked with the Blues.
It’s been a shuffle between those names but one report always remained constant. The obvious fact that Lampard is in search of a Kepa replacement.
The issue of a replacement has been on the cards for some time now but which of the moves can actually come in play. Dean Henderson has been quoted to be worth somewhere around €60m (via Daily Mail). Not a bad price for his age and talent but then he is still a Manchester United prospect. With De Gea also looking shaky of late, the Red Devils would have their eyes on the 23-year-old as a potential future no 1 at Old Trafford.
Atletico’s Jan Oblak reportedly has a release clause of €120m (via Goal) and that alone makes him literally a ‘no-go’ option. Andre Onana could be pretty much affordable at around 30-40m but is he much of an upgrade from Kepa? Quite frankly, the answer is no.
This is where Arsenal’s Emiliano Martinez comes in. It was a huge concern for the Gunners when Bernd Leno went down injured back in June. However, the Argentine has proved to be an able deputy ever-since.
Not many know that the 27-year-old is currently Arsenal’s longest serving player having joined the club as a teenager in 2010.
For a decade spent at the club, Martinez has made only 15 Premier League appearances. Out of that total, eight of them have come this season.
The Argentine has played second fiddle virtually all his time at the Emirates. He only ever got chances during cup games or on rare occasions when first-choice options went out injured (like now with Leno).
Arteta now has a headache to solve choosing who should be first-choice with Leno now recovered from his injury. The German will likely reclaim his spot and it’ll leave his colleague with food-for thought.
Martinez will surely think he deserves to be a starter at this stage. If a Chelsea side comes offering first-team football, no doubt he would be tempted to take that offer. Moreso, at 27 and with two years left on his current contract, he won’t cost a whole lot to force the Gunners to sell.
For a player who has spent a decade in London, it’s safe to say his family will have already gotten used to the environment. Meaning he would have no problems with adaptation and settling in as he only has to move the West of London (should Chelsea make a move for him).
Arsenal legend Ian Wright recently admitted he was actually scared of this particular transfer move coming into play.
“The thing that frightens me now with him is that when Bernd Leno does come back and he is fit, why would he (Martinez) want to continue as a No 2 when he’s played to this level being a No 1?” The Arsenal legend said on the Wrighty Show as quoted by the Express.
“He will surely want to go and be a No 1 now”
“What frightens me is you look at someone like Frank and you look at what Chelsea’s doing, you just say to yourself: “Do you know something? Can we prise him away?”
“This is what worries me, simply because you look at what he’s done and how he plays, he is better than Kepa now.”
It remains to be seen what happens with Kepa but Chelsea should definitely look at Martinez as a potential replacement.