Emiliano Martinez completely deserves a new deal and Arsenal must do it quickly.
Here’s the Reason,
According to The Sun, Arsenal are considering handing goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez a new contract as a reward for his heroics in weeks past.
Martinez, 27, joined Arsenal’s youth ranks from Independiente in the summer of 2010. However, he spent his whole career on loan spells with clubs like Oxford United, Rotherham United, Wolves, Getafe and Reading.
Though he came back to the club last summer, he was used as an understudy to Bernd Leno. However, Leno’s injury in the final few weeks of the extended campaign came as a blessing for the Argentine. He has been in wonderful form and aided his side see out several big teams in recent days.
Emiliano Martinez has been in sensational form for the Gunners in the past weeks.
He was also instrumental in the FA Cup final win against Chelsea last weekend and has sincerely made himself available. Thus, Arsenal giving a new deal to Martinez seems to be a wonderful decision.
Arsenal meanwhile, have managed to end their poor season with an FA Cup victory against Chelsea. Mikel Arteta has brought in changes to their system and it has paid off well so far. And one player who has benefited from the change is Martinez.
Since coming on as a substitute in the game against Brighton, the Argentine goalkeeper has been in sensational form. In the 2-1 win against Liverpool last month, despite Arsenal taking the lead, they were bombarded with lots of shots and Martinez was able to save ’em.
He also performed in a same way against Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinals and his performances displayed he could be their first choice in goal.
Given the lack of depth in Arsenal’s goalkeeping department, keeping hold of the former Independiente man could be crucial for the Gunners next season. He could fight for the No.1 spot with Leno once the German returns from his injury.
The 27-year-old has managed to keep 9 clean sheets in 23 games across all competitions this season while conceding just 24 goals despite not having good defenders in front of him.
And Martinez rarely put a foot wrong in the last few weeks for the Gunners, which helped them finish 8th in the league standings. If there’s one Arsenal player who deserves a new contract at the club it has to be this man given how he has performed this season.
At 27, Martinez has a long way to go in his career and after so many years of waiting, he has proved to be a match-winner for the Arsenal. The £20k-a-week star could be their Head in the goalkeeping department if he continues with the wonderful form. Thus, the Gunners should extend the Argentine’s stay at the Emirates by handing him a brand new deal.