Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez appears to be open to leaving the club, just days after firing a warning to number one Bernd Leno.
The 27-year-old was speaking to Argentinian outlet Clarin whilst on international duty.
Martinez has been elevated to Leno’s backup by Unai Emery this season after Petr Cech retired from the game at the end of the 2018/19 season.
So far he’s made three cup appearances this term, taking his overall total to 17 for the club since joining in 2011.
Martinez has had six different loan spells in his career but recently expressed his confidence about becoming Arsenal’s regular number one.
But he has since said: “Unai Emery, the current coach, wanted to see me and was very surprised with me. In fact, I stayed because I knew I had real chances; otherwise, I would have gone to play somewhere else.
“London is very nice, I’m comfortable, but I’m not staying in comfort. And if I had to go somewhere else to play, I would do it.”
It doesn’t sound as though Martinez is pushing for an exit, rather he would have no issues leaving if told he was surplus to requirements.
From his previous comments (Metro) one gets the feeling he is just intent on playing regularly. Ideally for him, that would be at the Emirates Stadium.
Leno’s form has been fairly solid so far this season so he’ll have to be patient.
Should he reach the end of 2019/20 with only a handful of appearances, then perhaps the Gunners faithful should expect the long-serving player to move on.