Emiliano Martinez proved his mettle for Arsenal and warned them that he is not ready to sit on the bench to play second fiddle at the Emirates.
Bernd Leno’s injury forced Mikel Arteta’s hand. Emiliano Martinez was thrust into first-team action, a much-needed respite after ten years with the club.
The Argentine gave a good account of his abilities and was instrumental as Arsenal only lost two games from their final 11 games.
Martinez likes the first team responsibility and does not want to let it go. He believes he warrants it and will leave the club if his wishes are not met.
“I have shown the club that I can play for them and when I return next season I need to have more games,” talkSPORT quoted Martinez. “That is the only way I will stay at Arsenal.
“My target is to consolidate my place with Arsenal and to reach the Argentinian national team as number one.
“I won’t stop until I get that and if I don’t play for Arsenal, then clearly I would move on.”
Martinez has a solid case on his hands. He joined Arsenal as a seventeen-year-old and has gone on six different loan stints in a decade with the Gunners.
On the other hand, Leno has been a reliable option between the sticks ever since he joined from Bayer Leverkusen. Such has been his form that the €25 paid for him seem peanuts.
The German international featured in 30 competitive fixtures for Arsenal, shutting out the opposition 7 times whilst only letting in 38 goals. It was a remarkable feat given how porous the Gunners defense was in the first half of the season.
With the start of the 2020/21 Premier League season a month away, Arteta will have to make up his mind about his undisputed number 1. Does he handover Leno the starting role or put his faith in Martinez?