Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has praised Emiliano Martinez after his exploits in between the Gunners sticks following Bernd Leno’s injury, in conversation with Arsenal.com.
First-choice goalkeeper Leno was ruled out for the remainder of the season in Arsenal’s second game back after the restart, and the Argentine has held the first-team gloves since.
Although Arsenal were beaten by Brighton on that day, Martinez kept clean sheets in the following two Premier League games – both victories – and was also on the winning side in the FA Cup meeting with Sheffield United.
“He has been very respectful with the role that he had when he was the No 2, but the circumstances of the injury to Bernd are that he is the No 1, he is performing well and doing his job and that is what he needs to try to keep doing.”
It’s always a cause for concern when a first-choice keeper gets ruled out for a long period of time, but credit to Martinez, he has deputised very well for Leno.
The 27-year-old, who joined Arsenal’s youth academy in 2010 from Argentinian side Independiente and graduated to the first team in 2012, has made 29 competitive appearances for the Gunners.
Martinez has also been out on loan several times, and all this experience, as well as his skills and attitude, are reaping dividends now that Arsenal need it the most.