Emi Martinez has left Arsenal for Getafe on a season-long loan move, freeing up David Ospina to remain as Petr Cech’s backup (via Arsenal.com).
When Arsenal had four first-team goalkeepers earlier in the summer, it was expected that two would leave and two would remain.
Petr Cech was always going to be the first choice but there was still some doubt over who would be the Czech stopper’s backup.
Wojciech Szczesny left for Juventus and with David Ospina reportedly close to securing a move to Turkey, it was assumed that Emi Martinez would remain as Petr Cech’s understudy.
Now, that will not be the case after Martinez secured a season-long loan move to Getafe, allowing David Ospina to stay at the club.
“I’ve always wanted to improve,” Martinez told Arsenal Player. “It’s never enough for me. My kicking is good but I want to have the perfection of a goalkeeper, even on crosses. I know I’m good on crosses but I still do 50 crosses in training.
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“Gerry [Peyton] says, ‘Last one’, and I will do three more. I look what I can do and what I can improve with the other goalkeepers. I’m always trying to improve myself.
“If you want to play for Arsenal or be at the top level for many years, that’s what you need to do.
“I came from nothing and I’m at Arsenal now, one of the biggest clubs in the world, but I’m never satisfied. I was third choice fighting for second spot, so maybe the season after I will fight for No 1. You always need to give more at Arsenal. It’s never enough and that’s what I try to do.”
Wise words from the young man. Let’s hope he returns from his loan spell as a better player and can really challenge for the number one shirt next season. It’s clear that Martinez has potential but the hard work starts now for the Argentinean.