Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has credited his experience on loan with developing his game.
The 24-year-old Argentine, who has stepped into the breach in the absence of both Petr Cech and David Ospina recently, spoke to the club’s official website about his previous experiences and how they’ve helped him to progress as a goalkeeper with more minutes under his belt.
Having signed for the Academy in the summer of 2010, it’s been a long pathway into the first-team.
“It helps a lot. I have been in the Championship, played probably 40 games and it helped me to develop,” Martinez said.
With 15 appearances each for Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday, eight on-loan at Rotherham and one with Oxford United in recent seasons, he’s settled well wherever he was loaned out.
“You play with strong defenders, strong strikers, it’s not the same as playing at under-23 or under-21 level,” he continued
Martinez is right, too. In three Premier League 2 fixtures this term, he has looked an imposing figure and a reliable one too. You can tell by watching him that he’s comfortable enough to play at a higher level.
“You train hard because you want to play every single game. It helps you to be calm in big games, for example against West Ham.”
It’s unfortunate that Martinez conceded three against Crystal Palace on Monday evening, especially given how encouraging he was initially.
Ultimately, a lack of protection from his backline meant the hosts were able to create too many opportunities. No blame could be attached to him for any conceded, especially the third where it’s evident Andros Townsend fooled the referee into awarding a spot-kick.
Townsend draws the penalty, Milivojevic converts it. Palace up 3-0 on Arsenal. pic.twitter.com/pgu5Uk6xd3
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