Emi Martinez rejected the chance to sign for Leeds United or Blackburn Rovers in order to stay at Arsenal as our number two.

Angers' French midfielder Jeff Reine Adelaide (C) vies for the ball with Arsenal's Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez (L) during the International friendly football match between Angers SCO and Arsenal FC, at the Raymond-Kopa Stadium, in Angers, northwestern France, on July 31, 2019. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)
Angers’ French midfielder Jeff Reine Adelaide (C) vies for the ball with Arsenal’s Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez (L) during the International friendly football match between Angers SCO and Arsenal FC, at the Raymond-Kopa Stadium, in Angers, northwestern France, on July 31, 2019. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)

Emi Martinez played the full 90 for Arsenal as they won against Angers on Wednesday night in their penultimate game of pre-season.

The Argentine signed for Arsenal from Independiente in 2010 but has so far been on loan to Oxford, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Wolves, Getafe, and Reading where he starred last season.

Now 26, the time has come for him to find a permanent role and it seems he wants to do that at Arsenal.

Arsenal sold David Ospina to Napoli for £3.1m this summer while Petr Cech retired. They have also sent Dejan Iliev on loan to SKF Sered.

Not including pre-season friendlies, Martinez has made a total of 14 appearances for the Arsenal first team conceding 16 goals and keeping an impressive seven cleansheets.

Speaking after his save won Arsenal their shootout against Angers, Martinez said, “Penalty shoot-outs are one of my strengths, so I’m delighted to win today. I wanted to win against Real Madrid as well, but sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

Arsenal's Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez jumps to stop a ball during the shootout session of the International friendly football match between Angers SCO and Arsenal FC, at the Raymond-Kopa Stadium, in Angers, northwestern France, on July 31, 2019. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)
Arsenal’s Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez jumps to stop a ball during the shootout session of the International friendly football match between Angers SCO and Arsenal FC, at the Raymond-Kopa Stadium, in Angers, northwestern France, on July 31, 2019. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)

“The only penalty shoot-out I’ve lost in my career was against Real Madrid. I just look at myself and I know that I’m really good at it, so when I’m in a penalty shoot-out, I’m nice and relaxed because I know that I will at least save one or two.

“When I was on loan at different clubs, we literally studied the strikers, which side they went [for penalties] and what their strength was. I believe in my own strength, in my guessing and I just go for it.”

I think it’s safe to say while most on’t think he has what it takes to become Arsenal’s number one he certainly has what is needed to be a better number two than David Ospina.