Emiliano Martinez threatens to QUIT Arsenal warning Mikel Arteta ‘I need to have more games’ after starring in Bernd Leno’s absence
- Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has impressed for Arsenal in recent weeks
- He helped Arsenal win the FA Cup, playing the whole match in the Wembley win
- The 27-year-old was covering for injured first-choice shot stopper Bernd Leno
- The German goalkeeper has returned to training after his horrific knee injury
- Martinez says he will leave the Gunners if he is not first-choice next season
Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez believes he should be the Gunners’ number one and admitted he will leave the club if he does not get enough games next season.
The Argentinian goalkeeper stepped up between the sticks after first-choice shot stopper Bernd Leno suffered a long-term knee injury in March.
The 27-year-old put in some impressive performances for the north London side and played in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea in August.
Emiliano Martinez says he will quit Arsenal if he does not get enough game time next season
The 27-year-old has starred in recent weeks for the Gunners, helping Arsenal to win the FA Cup
But with Leno returning from injury at the start of new season, Martinez has given head coach Mikel Arteta a tricky ultimatum.
Martinez told Argentine radio station Continental: ‘I have shown the club that I can play for them and when I return next season I need to have more games. That is the only way I will stay at Arsenal.
‘My target is to consolidate my place with Arsenal and to reach the Argentinian national team as number one.
‘I won’t stop until I get that and if I don’t play for Arsenal, then clearly I would move on.’
Arsenal won five out of the nine Premier League games Martinez started last season
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta (right) will now have to decide what to do with his goalkeeper
Martinez made nine Premier League appearances for the Gunners, winning five and keeping three clean sheets in these games.
Before Leno’s injury, the Argentinian goalkeeper had played in all six of Arsenal’s Europa League group games and eight other cup matches.
The shot stopper is one of Arsenal’s longest-serving players currently at the club, having moved to north London in 2010 from Independiente as a teenager.
Martinez was covering for first-choice shot stopper Bernd Leno (above) who has a knee injury
Leno returned to training before the FA Cup final win but was not fit enough to make the team
Martinez revealed in an interview that he did not want to leave his family, who lived in difficult circumstances which resulted in the goalkeeper having a tough upbringing.
The goalkeeper then burst into tears in an interview after winning the FA Cup final when reminded about his origins.
Leno, Martinez’s main competitor for the Arsenal number shirt, was already back in training before the Wembley win but was not fit enough to make the matchday squad.
Martinez broke down in a TV interview after the cup final when reminded about his family
The German goalkeeper was recently voted as the runner-up in the Arsenal fans’ Player of the Season Award for some excellent displays between the sticks despite the Gunners’ poor Premier League season.
Martinez has also received two call-ups to the Argentina national squad – in 2011 and 2019 – but was an unused substitute in all of the games during these international breaks.
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