Arsenal’s stand in shot stopper Emiliano Martinez has said that his defensive displays are down to the quality of the players in front of him and that he finds it easy to play with them.
The Argentine goalkeeper, Arsenal’s third choice, has been enjoying a spell in the first team of late thanks to injuries to both the international keepers, Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina. He has also vindicated the manager’s faith in him by delivering a good series of performances; keeping three clean sheets in a row.
With Szczesny back in full training, maybe the Argentine will not get much more playing time but I believe the manager should play him for a couple more games, both to give Szczesny some time to recover properly and to provide him with some competition; too often the Pole has lacked serious competition for his spot.
After the win against the Saints on Wednesday, Martinez spoke to arsenal.com, and this is what he had to say:
When you play with Per, Lolo, Nacho – whoever is in the back four – you feel confident against any team. I feel really, really confident behind them and hopefully I will get more opportunities.
It really helps me. Lolo and Per are both experienced, organisationally strong and always talk to you. It is so easy to play behind them.
It is amazing [to keep three clean sheets]. I need to enjoy it and say thank you to my defenders as well. They have been outstanding in the last three games. It is always good to keep a clean sheet and do your job.
I know I am young and I need to wait for opportunities. When the opportunity comes, you need to be confident and show the manager that you can play as well. I think I am doing it, I am breeding confidence in my defenders and I am really pleased with that.
I like to command my area and help the defenders. If there are more crosses coming in, I am going to come.
I have been around English football for a few years, so I know how to play, I know it is quicker than anywhere. I need to play how I always play, like I do in the under-21s or for my national team. That’s the keeper I am.
The youngster has certainly proven that he is a viable choice and that Arsenal do not need to buy a goalkeeper anytime soon. If he is given more opportunities over the course of the season, then he may blossom into a first team keeper in his own right.