Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez got a rare chance to shine as the Gunners kicked off their Europa League campaign against Eintracht Frankfurt last night.
Last season’s beaten finalists were looking to go one better this time around and Martinez, 27, was instrumental in getting the clean sheet which laid the bedrock for a 3-0 victory.
As per Arsenal’s official website, Martinez said: “I started pre-season really well. I came to pre-season early to make sure I was ready for Arsenal. I waited for my chance and when the manager chose me in this difficult game away from home, I just wanted to keep the clean sheet to make sure the back four is solid with me.
“We said before the game that we had to stick together. We worked to make sure we kept the clean sheet. The back four were talking all the time and saying, ‘Clean sheet, clean sheet’, even when we scored the first goal. We need to build on that, keep more clean sheets and we know that we can create loads of chances.”
It was an open, end to end game and Martinez was key to helping Arsenal keep a clean sheet in a match where both sides could have scored more.
He could not have staked his claim in a stronger way, showing confidence when saving shots and organising a backline that was probably still reeling from the performance against Watford on Sunday.
The supporters on Twitter absolutely loved what they saw from the backup stopper and one or two even want him to be considered for starts in the Premier League now…
Absolutely brilliant, brick wall last night.
— ً (@Auba_Laca8) September 20, 2019
Proud of him.😊👍👏🔴⚪
— Jahan Miah (@AllAboutTheAFC) September 20, 2019
10/10 performance imo
— 🐐 (@FtbIfendi) September 20, 2019
Out of this world. My blood runs arsenal but I live in Reading and have a season ticket and watching him last season i really thought he should be Arsenal’s number one. He has learnt his trade well and has worked with the best! He deserves his shot now.
— Robbie Emerton (@Robinho18) September 20, 2019
Better than Leno ngl 🤷♂️
— Rambo_9✨ ™ (@WillockSZN28) September 20, 2019
— Mutheu (@Mutheu__) September 20, 2019
— Carmen♦️ (@CarmenAFC_) September 20, 2019
Should replace Leno soon enough
— Sir Learns_Elot. (@Sir_Learns_Elot) September 20, 2019
He was marvelous ♥️
— JuniorLee👑 (@HoTBoiLee1) September 20, 2019
Man needs to play pl games more often now.
— sohaill_05 (@sohaill_005) September 20, 2019
Amazing. We got some good Goalkeepers on our hands.
— 🔴Gunner4Life⚪ (@Gunner448022130) September 20, 2019