Arsenal have confirmed that goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has signed a new long-term deal with the club.
The 24-year-old, who has made 10 appearances for the first-team is being tipped to have a big future at the club by manager Arsene Wenger.
“If you look at him, I personally see all the top qualities that a goalkeeper needs,” he told Arsenal Player.
“He has the stature, he has the passion, he has the technical quality, he has the decision-making, he has huge power and he’s not frightened of anything.
“I remember a game at Anderlecht in the Champions League – it was a decisive game where he saved us. In the League Cup, every time he plays, he does extremely well. I am very happy that he committed, because I think he is the future goalkeeper at this club.”
Martinez, meanwhile, is thrilled to be committing his future to the club and says he is trying to prove his quality with his performances in the League Cup.
“It feels amazing to be honest,” the 24-year-old said. “I’ve been here for six or seven years already and to have the opportunity to sign a new deal is a great achievement for me and my family.
“This is a big step for me, signing a new deal for Arsenal, training every day with big goalkeepers, big players and I feel like I’m one of them now. I really want to reach the top level.
“Arsenal means everything to me. I grew up here, I learnt English here and I’ve got everything in the UK. I love this club and I want to be the No 1 goalkeeper here for many years.
“Since I signed for this club, Gerry Peyton told me that I had great talent and that I was the future. I think this moment is now and I’m trying to push forward. The boss is giving me the League Cup and I’m trying to prove myself, to show the fans and everyone how good I am.
“It’s not just about playing well in a game, it’s about being the first one to arrive and the last one to leave training too. I’m one of them, which is why my future is here.”
Martinez is likely to be next in action against Southampton on November 30 with Southampton the visitors in the quarter-finals of the competition.