Arsenal’s worse fears about Martinez might soon be reality

Emiliano Martinez has admitted that he will leave Arsenal if he isn’t the club’s first choice, as he wants to become the goalkeeper of the Argentinean national team.

The South American finally got his chance to keep for Arsenal in a succession of games after Bernd Leno became injured at the start of the Premier League’s restart.

The goalkeeper impressed greatly, and his fine form helped Arsenal to win the FA Cup.

The Gunners have been fearing that when Leno returns from injury, Martinez will not want to play second fiddle to the German again, and that appears to be true after he admitted that he will want to keep playing at Arsenal.

He was speaking to a radio station, and he claimed that he obviously has shown the club how good he is and if they still won’t give him chances to play, he will leave the club.

Martinez told Argentine radio station Continental via Mail Online: ‘I have shown the club that I can play for them and when I return next season I need to have more games. 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 No 1. 
 
‘I won’t stop until I get that and if I don’t play for Arsenal, then clearly I would move on.’ 

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17 Comments

  1. Goonster says:

    He is better than Leno in my opinion.
    But Leno has also been very good this season. And he doesn’t deserve to lose his place just because he got injured.
    What a conundrum to have. We have always struggled for competent keepers and now we have 2 very good one at the same time.
    Smh

  2. Sue says:

    You can’t blame him.. he isn’t getting any younger!
    The West Ham faithful want Moyes to buy him!! Although some of them said “He’s too good for us!”
    Be interesting watching this pan out….

  3. Howard says:

    Keep him and sell Leno
    He’s our own

  4. Maxis says:

    My head says Martinez as #1
    My heart says Leno as #1

    Thank goodness I’m not the coach.

    1. ahmad73 says:

      Maxis: It has to be data driven, and unemotional. While the sample set for Martinez is considerably smaller than Leno’s, he has been almost flawless in that run. My main gripe with Leno is that he is not commanding in the box. He flaps at crosses usually. The way I see it is that while Leno is out injured, then Martinez is the undisputed no. 1. When Leno comes back, he has to be demonstrably better to be reinstated as no. 1. It’s Martinez who has the edge right now.

  5. Siamois says:

    Ah Come on Emilio,you need to slow down man,prove yourself over a season,then you can make demands!

  6. Eddie says:

    Seriously I’d rather leave this to Arteta. I can’t pick him over Leno, and I don’t want him out either.
    I can’t pick any, there’s an higher chance I’ll jump into the Bermuda Triangle than pick who to stay and who to leave… I so much love both, losing either would hurt

    1. E. Anderson says:

      Leno has been good for us.
      Martinez has been good for us too, though playing far fewer games.

      Given the difference in the number of games between the sticks, it doesn’t make sense to pick Martinez right now.

      But I pick Martinez. I love his commanding presence in the box.

      I pick Martinez.

  7. jon fox says:

    No fair minded fan can deny MARTINEZ THE RIGHT TO FEEL THIS WAY. HE HAS BEEN WITH US FOR AGES , LOANED HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE , NEVER MOANED AND NOW THAT HE HAS COME IN AND PLAYED BRILLIANTLY AND SHOWN HIS ABILITY, HE HAS THE RIGHT NOT TO BE KICKED BACK ONTO THE BENCH. MA’s problem though and I have full confidence in whatever he decides.

  8. Phenom says:

    I have said it earlier and I will say it again, Martinez’s performance has been ringing in our ears recently but don’t forget during our hard times, it was Leno who stood against the rest of the teams in EPL. Martinez has been the revelation post-lockdown but I still rate ahead of him. Leno was once leading most saves in EPL. Leno as no. 1 for me.

  9. Godwin says:

    Martinez is no doubt a good goal keeper,he needs to slow down. I have watched Leno’s video clips and I tell you Leno has been spectacular for us ..

  10. Pablomoney says:

    Martinez is a very good goalkeeper but it’s funny how people are quick to forget things. Leno was spectacular for us before his injury and bailed us out in a lot of games but humans will be humans they are quick to forget, also Leno is a far better sweeper than Martinez and that is not to say Martinez is not a very good goalkeeper but Leno for me

  11. Val says:

    Leno was spectacular when our defense was shocking, if it wasnt for him during the UE time then we would be in a world of poo.
    But i really do think Martinez is a more complete keeper, he knocks Leon’s socks of from set pieces.
    I think on his end of season form he should be given the shirt for next season, it will be his to lose

  12. RFrancis says:

    Contrary to Maxis, my head says Leno, but my heart says Martinez. I would simply flip a coin; sell one and keep the other. We need the cash to improve other positions and both players deserve to be starters.

  13. Aaron says:

    Martinez by a country mile.
    Better a set pieces, crosses, playing out the back, presence in the box, and as a sweeper- do not believe me go back and watch Emi pull that ball out of the air right on the edge of the box in the FA Cup final.
    Look who was in front of Emi, and then get back to me, Fabianski and Szczęsny, and Ospina. Not many youngsters are going to get a chance to start above those guys, even if you rate him above them now.

  14. Danny says:

    Leno has been good for us.
    Martinez has been good for us too, though playing far fewer games.
    But don’t forget Leno has been there for us.
    Martinez need to Calm down and play a full season to prove himself .

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