Can Martinez become Arsenal’s Number 1 in the future? by AH
Damien Martinez is currently Arsenal’s 4th choice goalkeeper, with the Argentine behind polish internationals Lukas Fabianski and Wojiech Szczseny and Italian goalkeeper Vito Mannone. Arsenal doesn’t currently have a number one with the position going to either Vito Mannone or Wojiech Szczsney. There are some concerns over Szczsney’s fitness, with the Polish international only featuring twice for the gunners so far this season. While Mannone is inconsistent and has looked extremely shaky in recent weeks.
This has brought up the topic that Arsenal need to look at investing in an another goalkeeper, that has extreme quality and experience to his name, however we all know what the Arsenal board is like when it comes to spending money and no club will want to sell their number One keeper on the cheap. So if Arsenal are to find a new goalkeeper in the near future, I think it’s likely that Martinez will be the man to step up.
Martinez has featured twice for the Arsenal first team this season, as well as numerous appearances for Arsenal reserves. The two games that Martinez has played in for the Arsenal first team have both been in the capital one cup, conceding 6 goals in the process. Not the most impressive stat in the world, however with not much experience and honestly very poor defending in last night’s 7-5 game against reading, then you have to give Martinez the benefit of the doubt and hope for much improvement in the near future.
Martinez who spent the second half of last season on-loan at Oxford United, has made impressions of being a talented keeper, which lead to his quick up rise to the first team since joining the north London club from Argentina side Independente two years ago. He is notable for his fast reactions and reflexes, however he needs to improve on his handling and position. At 20 years old he still has time to improve with Szczseny not coming into the first team till two years ago and Mannone is now 24.
Don’t judge Martinez on the one game last night because he is certainly a talented keeper who I can see challenging Szczsney in the years to come.