David Ospina is set to leave Arsenal, Wojciech Szczesny seems on the verge of following him and rumour has it that Arsenal will make Emiliano Martinez their number 2 next season.
With Petr Cech performing well over the final months of the 16/17, Arsene Wenger won’t have any trouble picking his first choice goalkeeper for next season. But what of the role of number 2? Could it really be going to Emiliano Martinez?
Wenger issued a statement when Arsenal were linked with Jordan Pickford that the club won’t be buying any new goalkeepers during the summer so it seems that he is prepared to lose two without replacing either.
Ospina isn’t playing enough games, and his transfer to Turkey seems all but finished, so it’s unlikely that Wenger can count on the Colombian for next season.
Szczesny has spent two seasons on loan at Roma and Wenger is very happy with his progress but Juventus have approached Szczesny and the Polish international could make his move to Italy more permanent if the Old Lady stop insulting Arsenal with derisory offers.
The only other option left, therefore, is Emiliano Martinez, the current third choice goalkeeper who made eight appearances for the Gunners last season.
Martinez arrived at the club in 2010 but has spent most of that time on loan to lower league teams or with the reserves. His last loan spell was in 2015/16 season at Wolves where he played 15 games and kept five clean sheets.
The 24-year-old Argentinian has made plenty of progress after learning from the likes of Cech and Ospina, and is growing more and more confident with every appearance.
It’s also worth mentioning that Martinez kept three clean sheets in his five first team appearances last season, while conceding five goals in two games (EPL 3:0 against Crystal Palace; EFL Cup 2:0 against Southampton) both games in which the whole squad played dreadfully and the fault can’t be placed solely on Martinez.
Martinez is slowly growing as a player and developing his abilities and for another season or two with Petr Cech as his guide, he could one day become Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper – his stated goal.
At this moment, Arsenal don’t seem to need to buy another goalkeeper as the Argentinian can put in solid performances when needed but will he be able to make the step up permanently? What happens if both get injured? Do we turn to Matt Macey again?
That remains to be seen, but under the guidance of Gerry Peyton, the club’s goalkeeping coach nothing can be taken for granted.