Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez could be named as a surprise inclusion in the next Argentina squad, according to Mundo Albiceleste.
The 27-year-old has played in both of Arsenal’s cup games this season, keeping clean sheets against Eintracht Frankfurt and Nottingham Forest.
In total he has made 16 appearances for the Gunners having spent time on loan with Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Wolves, Rotherham, Getafe and Oxford.
Martinez has been forced to wait patiently to play a proper part in the Arsenal squad with former boss Arsene Wenger seeing him as no more than the third choice.
Lionel Scaloni’s team are set to play Germany and Ecuador in October. It has been confirmed, however, that no players from River Plate or Boca Juniors will be included in the squad.
That rules out Franco Armani and Esteban Andrada, which could pave the way for Martinez to earn his place in the squad.
The 27-year-old finished last season on loan at Reading, keeping five clean sheets to help them towards Championship safety.
TBR Verdict – International recognition would represent a remarkable turnaround
Martinez was seemingly on the scrapheap under Wenger’s stewardship and international honours would signify an incredible turnaround.
The Argentine would be unlikely to play should he earn a call-up but nonetheless the experience would give him a confidence boost.
Martinez is a safe pair of hands and he will hope more Arsenal opportunities in the cup competitions this season.