Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has been discussing his future at the club and admits he may have to consider an exit if he does not receive enough first-team football.
The Argentine stepped in as a replacement for the injured Bernd Leno and excelled under Mikel Arteta after the Premier League restart.
The 27-year-old helped Arsenal win the FA Cup with some fine displays and has won over Arsenal fans with his performances.
However, Leno is fit again, and whilst Martinez has made it clear he would like to stay at the Emirates he is also adamant that at his age he must be playing regular first-team football.
“I want to stay at Arsenal, but if I play more minutes,” Martinez told Marca Claro. “Because on a personal level, I am a certain age, I am in a game confidence that I need to add as many minutes as possible.”
As for potential interest in his services, Martinez claims he is not short of offers.
“Yes, I am in the sights of 10 teams in Europe,” he stated. “But I can’t say who those clubs are, because it’s nothing concrete. I still do not have a clear situation with Arsenal, when I have it when I return I will make the best decision for my career.”
Martinez, who has had six different loan spells away from The Emirates, is clearly ready to be a first-choice somewhere but Leno was in good form himself before suffering a knee injury against Brighton.
With that in mind, Arsenal might be tempted to cash in on the stopper whilst his stock is high, and use that money to strengthen weaker areas of the team.
Arsenal could then bring in a cheap veteran as back-up to Leno or back the likes of Matt Macey and youngsters Karl Jakob Hein and Arthur Okonkwo.
What does appear clear is that Martinez is no longer prepared to sit on the bench and wait for his Arsenal chances. That mindset might just force Arsenal into a sale this summer.