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Name Emiliano Martinez
Gender Male
Ethnic Argentinian
Job Argentinian Footballer
Desc The Argentinian has impressed at Reading on loan. But at 26, he’s unlikely to ever establish himself as first-choice at Arsenal and the player is keen to move on and gain first-team football

Affiliation

Org xxxx National Team
Club as Player Arsenal FC
  Reading FC [Loan]

2019 07 04 Retrieve

[Martinez, who helped Reading avoid relegation to League One during his own loan spell in 2018-19, is determined to stay at Arsenal, despite playing just 14 senior games in eight years with the Gunners] My dream is to play for Arsenal. But it’s time for me to make it there or go somewhere else. I want to stay in England. My wife and my kid were born here and I want to stay at Arsenal - that’s the truth, so I hope they give me the chance

2020 06 20 Retrieve

[Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez admitted that he was devastated by the injury to Bernd Leno that threw the Argentine into the action against Brighton on Saturday] In the goalkeepers’ union, you don’t want the other goalies to get injured because it can happen to anyone. We train every day together, we support each other, we’re really close, we even have a WhatsApp group for just me, Bernd and Matt [Macey] - it is devastating to be honest. I wish him a speedy recovery and if he needs the rest of the season, me and Matt will try to do a good job in the Premier League and try to cover him as much possible. The last time [I played] in the Premier League was three years ago. But I wasn’t thinking about it when I just came on. I made a save straight afterwards. I am so disappointed for the result, I thought we deserved to be 2-0 or 3-0 up. But you just take it and learn from it.

We switched off and when you switch off in the Premier League you get punished. I spoke to [Leno] at half-time and he felt he twisted his knee. As a goalkeeper you do not want him to get injured. It is a big loss to the team. I don’t think [Neal Maupay] tried to injure him. He went for the ball like any striker would do and this is football. It can happen. You train hard and have to wait for your chance. I am more than ready

2020 06 21 Retrieve

[Arsenal facing transfer dilemma as Leno and Mari injuries hit Arteta’s plans] In the goalkeepers’ union, you don’t want the other goalies to get injured because it can happen to anyone. We train every day together, we support each other, we’re really close, we even have a WhatsApp group - it is devastating to be honest

I wish Bernd a speedy recovery and if he needs the rest of the season, me and Matt [Macey] will try to do a good job in the Premier League and try to cover him as much possible

2020 07 07 Retrieve

[Emiliano Martinez interview: Arsenal goalkeeper on seizing his chance and impressing Mikel Arteta] It’s been up and down in my Arsenal career, to be honest. There was something I had inside me that said, ‘Why am I not getting my chance in the club that I love?’ But God always puts you in the right place at the right time. I’ve worked really hard over the years and been really patient and now I’m getting the rewards

I always believed I could do it here and the club always believed in me as well. That’s one of the reasons I stayed here for so long. They always believed I could become the No 1. That motivation kept me going and it’s not like I haven’t been progressing over the years. I was always progressing and pushing my career forward

When I went to Reading last season. I said to myself, ‘This is my last loan.’ My body was always tired at the end of the season from travelling and not knowing what I was going to be doing next, so I made that challenge to myself that it was my last loan and I had to do well. I prepared myself mentally more than ever

[Emiliano Martinez on Mikel Arteta] We knew Mikel would be a good manager when he signed here, but we didn’t know he would be this good. He is incredible. He knows how to deal with experienced players, with young players. He gives us a gameplan against anybody and gives us hope when we do the training sessions. He knows what position you have to be in in every department, whether you are a goalkeeper, a striker or a left-winger. And then, when we go into the games, those scenarios we worked on in training actually happen, so we start believing in every word that he says. When he says something now, we are so willing to listen to him because we know he will take us to another level. That’s Arteta

You’re in or you’re out, you’re with him or without him, and there’s no discussion on that. We know that if we want to play and we want to be at this football club, we have to be on board. That’s good for the team because no one can relax. If you relax, you don’t train properly or you don’t perform like he wants you to, you’re out. You have to follow him and that’s what we’re trying to do now.

[Emiliano Martinez on Iñaki Caña Pavon] Iñaki is a hard-working man and he has shown us from the first day what he wants from his goalkeepers. It’s been really good, to be honest. He works really hard with us. We are dead when we finish the training sessions with him. Iñaki shows us videos every day and he is constantly telling us what we need to do to improve and how to do it. Even when you think you have done the right things and you keep a clean sheet, he will still tell you 10 bad things in your game. That’s good. That’s how you improve. He’s a positive man and we are glad to have him

David has been at the top for so many years and it’s the same with Musti. Sometimes when you make mistakes at big clubs you get punished. With Arsenal, people always seem to blame the defence for defeats. But I feel really safe behind them. They have experience and they are constantly talking through the whole game. When you play behind them, it’s not like what people say. It’s not, ‘Oh, they make mistakes, they don’t know how to play football’. I feel really safe, and now that we’ve kept three clean sheets on the bounce in the Premier League, people are starting to say that the defence is actually solid. Now, we have structure, we have a gameplan, we have game management and the defence looks stronger and stronger. Believe me, David and Musti are top players

I heard the manager say recently that I’ve been really respectful over the years and I think that’s true. I’m a team player, so even if the manager decides to play another guy, I accept it. But I never let my head go down, I always keep going, and now that I have the opportunity, I’m grabbing it with both hands. Hopefully, when all the goalkeepers are back in training, the manager will have a decision to make. My aim is to make it a hard decision