Kieran Tierney says Arsenal man almost joined Celtic, reported interest in 2018

Kieran Tierney has told Open Goal that Arsenal goalkeeper Emi Martinez almost joined Celtic on loan earlier in his career, with reports claiming the Argentine was linked with the Scottish champions in January 2018.

Martinez, 27, has enjoyed his best season at Arsenal during 2019-20, after being promoted to second-choice goalkeeper. Bernd Leno suffered a long-term injury, leaving Martinez as Arsenal’s only choice in goal.

The Argentine played 23 times for the Gunners during 2019-20 – despite only playing 14 times throughout his entire career beforehand for the north Londoners. He has been loaned out six times throughout his career.

Tierney, who swapped Celtic for Arsenal last summer and enjoyed an excellent campaign after the restart, claimed that Martinez almost joined Celtic on loan – with the Scottish Sun claiming Celtic wanted Martinez in January 2018.

“He joined Arsenal when he was 16, 17, because his family didn’t have much money,” Tierney said. “Over the last 10 years he has been on loan – he was close to going to Celtic as well. On loan, Celtic had been touch with him.”

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TBR’s view – Chance of a deal happening now?

Celtic have signed Vasilis Barkas from AEK Athens and spent a considerable fee to lure the Greek stopper to Parkhead. But the Hoops still need a goalkeeper, having lost Craig Gordon and Fraser Forster.

Meanwhile, Martinez is likely to remain at Arsenal this summer, though he has made it clear that he could consider a move if he is second choice going forward. The chances are that when Leno is fit, Leno starts.

So, could a move happen? Arsenal may only sanction a permanent deal.

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