Emiliano Martinez has enjoyed a standout season on loan with Reading and his personal highlights reel is a great watch.
Now 26, Emiliano Martinez knows he needs to make a step up in his career and try to claim a number one slot at a club. That seems unlikely to happen at Arsenal where he will return to replace Petr Cech next season if all goes according to the Argentine’s plan.
He has certainly impressed while on his sixth loan spell since joining Arsenal in 2010, but has he done enough to convince Unai Emery he deserves a chance?
Speaking recently about his future, Martinez admitted he would leave Arsenal if he had to.
“I’ve been around a lot, but for me it’s now time to settle in one place,” he told Goal. “I’m at an age now where I have a newborn baby and me and my wife want to settle. I’m tired of going on loan.
“Obviously I love Arsenal. But it’s time for me to make it there or go somewhere else.”
Martinez added: “I promised my dad I was going to make it and I will make it.
“My dream is to play for Arsenal, I’ve always said that and I believe I have everything that a keeper needs to play for Arsenal.
“When I signed my last contract for six years it was because I believed I had everything to be No.1. Why would I sign for six years if I wasn’t going to have any games?
“If they don’t trust me, then I will have to move away and the Arsenal fans will understand. But I believe I should have the chance to show how good I am at Arsenal.
“I want to stay in England. My wife and my kid were born here and I want to stay at Arsenal – that’s the truth, so I hope they give me the chance.”