Arsenal Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has signed a new long-term contract with the club. The 24 year old Argentine joined Arsenal in 2010 and since then have made sporadic appearances for the club.
He so far has made 2 appearances this season for the Gunners, both in the League Cup and has kept 2 clean sheets in the matches. He has made 10 senior appearances for Arsenal since joining, gaining competitive experience on loan spells with Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United and Wolveerhampton Wanderers.
Arsene Wenger always has praised the Argentine custodian and recently told that Martinez has all the qualities to succeed as a Premier League goalkeeper. Arsene also believes he is one for the future in the club and admired Martinez’s passion, technical quality and stature. The shotstopper’s bravery and power has also impressed Arsenal manager.
Emiliano also spoke to Arsenal website to share his thoughts.
“It feels amazing to be honest,” the 24-year-old told Arsenal Player. “I’ve been here for six or seven years already and to have the opportunity to sign a new deal is a great achievement for me and my family. Arsenal means everything to me. I grew up here, I learnt English here and I’ve got everything in the UK. I love this club and I want to be the No 1 goalkeeper here for many years.”
Martinez also admitted that it is a big step of his career and he wants to push himself for the next level from here on. He also acknowledged the fact that he has been getting opportunities in this season and he wants to show the Arsenal fans what he is capable of.
One more thing about Martinez that may please the Arsenal supporters is his mentality. He not only thinks about playing games, but he emphasizes more on being more disciplined and working hard. “It’s not just about playing well in a game, it’s about being the first one to arrive and the last one to leave training too,” he told Arsenal Player.
Emiliano currently is the 3rd choice Goalkeeper for Arsenal behind Petr Cech and David Ospina, but will be pushing himself to reach the top level in the coming years.
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