Is Martinez ready to fill Arsenal goalkeeping absences?

Emilio Martinez is expected to start tonight’s match at home to West Ham, with Arsenal’s first choices both out injured.

Petr Cech limped off the field against West Bromwich Albion last month, and is yet to return to action, but should only be a couple weeks from a return. David Ospina played as recently as the weekend’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City, but looked to be struggling with a back injury through-out the match, and looks to be unavailable tonight.

The Colombian is now claimed to have missed training yesterday, which will surely leave Martinez as our most experienced option, with Wojciech Szczesny currently out on loan with Roma.

The 24 year-old now looks set to feature in his fifth Premier League match of his career,his first since December 2014. The Argentine shot-stopper already has two clean sheets in the league from his two previous starts, as well as being credited with shutting out Borussia Dortmund back in 2014 in the Champions League.

His previous record for our side is more than respectable considering his lack of experience, but at this point in the season, we would much rather not have been without our more trusted options.

This season he has starred solely in the League Cup and is yet to concede a goal in his three 90 minute outings, helping the side to 4-0, 2-0 and 2-0 defeats of Nottingham Forest, Reading and Southampton.

Those teams are all of a decent standard, which can give us confidence and belief in Emilio, and West Ham hardly have the form which should worry us, but our team has had some serious struggles in recent months.

Should we be worried about our goalkeeper? Does he deserve his chance?

Pat J

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  1. Does he deserve the chance?
    ?? We’ve got no other choice by the sound of things, unless you want to stick Ramsey in goal? ?

  2. He’s about 4 inches taller than Ospina, so that should work in our favour with any high balls put in the area for Carroll to get on the end of.

    Let’s face it, neither Cech or Ospina have been without errors, so yes he deserves a chance (even though we have no other option).

  3. I hear that both City and Utd managers have been tapping Sanchez up.
    I doubt that they can trick him into thinking that Manchester is as good as London ?. Other reports suggest that the player prefers Chelsea over PSG and Juventus.

  4. While I’m still here… A big shout out to Swansea, Bournemouth and Chelsea ?? “Do us a favour” .. As always, we depend on it.??

  5. Something is wrong at arsenal when players get chance due to injurys. Bellerin got a chance due to injury,iwobi the same, why not get a chance due to there talent or quality. Am not saying martinez is a bad keeper am just emphasising why we hve to wait for injurys to give some one a shot. Just look at perez situation and he hasn’t even featured in 6 pl games he should blame the injury situation or he could hve gotten his chance long time ago

  6. Does it matter if Martinez is ready or not because of our appalling injury record we have no choice but to play him. This injury situation of ours is really getting out of hand.

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