Reported Leeds United target Emiliano Martinez has made it clear that he wants to become Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper and will look to move clubs if first-team football doesn’t come his way.
According to a report in The Sun from late July, Leeds have made a new goalkeeper a priority as they gear up for a return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.
Martinez was said to be one of two keepers being eyed by Whites head coach and fellow Argentine Marcelo Bielsa, along with Manchester United’s Sergio Romero.
The 27-year-old, who joined Arsenal’s academy in 2010 from Argentinian side Independiente and broke into the first team two years later, has made 37 competitive appearances for the Gunners.
Martinez has excelled in the absence of first-choice Bernd Leno and helped Mikel Arteta’s side win the FA Cup last weekend thanks to a 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Wembley.
Now, the stopper has made it clear that he will not settle for a place on the bench any longer.
“I showed that I can play, I need to play more games next season,” Martinez told Radio Continental.
“I want to establish myself at Arsenal and become first choice. If I don’t play, I’m going to move, I’m going to go where I play more.”
Not what Arsenal fans would’ve wanted to hear, but certainly music to the Leeds supporters’ ears, who will now surely fancy their chances of moving for a player who is eager for first-team football.
Having stepped in superbly for Leno and shown that he’s more than capable of doing a great and consistent job in the first team, why should a player that Arteta has deemed “phenomenal” now go back to being a perennial bench-warmer?