Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has joined La Liga side Getafe on loan this summer, but didn’t leave without announcing his future intentions.
The 24 year-old spent last season as our club’s third-choice shotstopper behind both David Ospina and Petr Cech, but did manage to pick up five outings for the senior side, and will look to build on that showing this term.
Martinez put in some fine displays while deputising for the partially absent goalkeepers, and Arsene Wenger moved to praise him strongly, revealing that he believed he would be a ‘world class’ goalkeeper in the near future.
The Argentine star has now agreed a move to join Getafe on a season-long loan in order to pick up more first-team experience, but admits he is eager to learn quickly and come back to the club and fight for the first-team role.
Martinez joined the club back in 2010, and has been working hard to learn all he can whilst with the club, and he seems to be showing a true fighting attitude as he looks to become the top player he seeks to become.
He said: “I’ve always wanted to improve. It’s never enough for me. My kicking is good but I want to have the perfection of a goalkeeper, even on crosses. I know I’m good on crosses but I still do 50 crosses in training.
“It’s in my blood to train hard. When you’re not in the squad and you have to train the day after, sometimes it’s hard because you want to be involved in the team and you want to play. I always tell myself, ‘The chance will come and I won’t let it run’. That’s what keeps me going and motivated all the time.
“I came from nothing and I’m at Arsenal now, one of the biggest clubs in the world, but I’m never satisfied. I was third choice fighting for second spot, so maybe the season after I will fight for No 1. You always need to give more at Arsenal. It’s never enough and that’s what I try to do.”
Is he showing the perfect attitude to make it big in the game? Could he become our first-choice within two years?