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Could Chelsea consider Martinez as Kepa replacement?

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright is worried Chelsea could consider a move for Emiliano Martinez as replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Ian Wright believes Chelsea might turn to Arsenal man Emiliano Martinez as the Blues look to sort their instability at the back.

More specifically, goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been a weak link for Frank Lampard in majority of the current season.

The Blues are reportedly in search of a new goalkeeper. Reports claim Frank Lampard is open to letting most-expensive goalkeeper Kepa leave this summer.

Jan Oblak and Andre Onana are some of the names linked with the Blues so far. But what if a potential Kepa replacement lies in England already? Step in Martinez.

The Arsenal goalkeeper has impressed since standing in for Bernd Leno who suffered a knee injury in June.

Martinez is currently the longest-serving Arsenal player yet has only 14 Premier League appearances to his name. Eight of them have come this season only because of Leno’s injury.

With the German goalkeeper back fit, he is expected to reclaim his spot between the sticks for the Gunners.

Club legend Ian Wright thinks the current scenario could see Martinez finally consider an exit from the club in search of a ‘no 1 spot’. A scenario Chelsea could benefit from.

“Well when you go to a No 2, the first thing you do is worry because you think: ‘Has he had enough games? Will he be able to deal with the pressure?’,” Wright said on the Kelly & Wrighty Show via Express Sport.

“Obviously there’s no fans there but everybody spoke about Emi and how good he is but I didn’t realise how good he was because I didn’t see enough of him.

“I saw him in some cup games but he’s commanding, he makes great saves, he’s good on the ground, he’s got everything for a No 2.”

“The thing that frightens me now with him is that when Bernd Leno does come back and he is fit, why would he want to continue as a No 2 when he’s played to this level being a No 1?

“He will surely want to go and be a No 1 now.”

Wright added that Lampard would no doubt have one eye on Martinez as a potential Kepa replacement.

He added: “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.”