Emiliano Martinez will look for assurances over his role for next season before committing to a new contract as Arsenal look to agree a fresh deal with the goalkeeper, according to a report from Football London.
Martinez has been a revelation since the Gunners lost Bernd Leno shortly after football’s restart this past season.
Football London reports that his current deal at the Emirates expires in 2022, and Leeds United are monitoring his situation ahead of their return to the Premier League.
Unsurprisingly, Arsenal are reportedly hoping to agree fresh terms with the 27-year-old. However, tying Martinez down may not prove a simple task for Mikel Arteta.
Football London reports that Martinez wants assurances over his position in the pecking order for next season before he puts pen to paper.
It is also suggested that his priority is to secure a spot as Argentina’s first-choice for next year’s Copa America.
TBR View: Potential dilemma for Arteta
Leno had arguably been one of Arsenal’s best players before the season was halted. It does appear therefore, that Arteta is facing a tricky call heading into the new campaign regarding who his number one will be.
Considering Martinez has not even made his senior debut for Argentina – though he has been called up in the past – he perhaps has plenty of ground to make up if he wants to secure a starting spot at next year’s tournament.
He may therefore, be reluctant to accept anything less than a guarantee that he will start the campaign as Arsenal’s first-choice in the Premier League.
The Gunners are in a reasonably strong position should he decide that he does not want to sign a new deal. He still has two years on his current deal.
But if Arteta is reluctant to provide assurances, and he hears the right noises from Leeds or any other admirer, perhaps he may be more tempted to weigh up his options.