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Martinez hoping to nail down No.1 spot at Arsenal

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Emiliano Martinez is that overjoyed his hard work is finally paying off and that he is getting consistent playing time at Arsenal.

Arsenal’s problem escalated when their first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno joined an already lengthy list of injured players during their defeat to Brighton last month.

Emiliano Martinez has been filling since then and, to the surprise of many, he has excelled in Leno’s absence, registering three clean sheets in his last four matches.

This is only the second time that Martinez, who graduated to the first team in 2012, has started in four successive games for them.

He has been on the Gunners’ books for a decade now but has spent most of his time away on loan to Oxford, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Getafe, Reading, and Wolves.

The Argentine is delighted that he has finally managed to catch a break under Mikel Arteta and wishes to retain his place even after Leno recovers from his knee injury.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s been up and down in my Arsenal career, to be honest. There was something I had inside me that said, ‘Why am I not getting my chance in the club that I love?’

“But I never let my head go down. I always keep going, and now that I have the opportunity, I’m grabbing it with both hands.

“Hopefully, when all the goalkeepers are back in training, the manager will have a decision to make. My aim is to make it a hard decision.”