Arsenal star Emiliano Martinez makes transfer decision with Bernd Leno considered | Football | Sport
star Emiliano Martinez will push to leave the club if Bernd Leno starts the Premier League season as No 1, according to reports. The shot-stopper has been in fine form in recent months. But with Leno now fit again, a parting of the ways could be on the cards.
Martinez has been at Arsenal for over a decade but, only recently, got his chance of No 1.
And the shot-stopper hasn’t put a foot wrong since, producing some fine performances to help the club win the FA Cup and Community Shield titles.
Now, with Leno fit, Martinez’s future at the club is up in the air. Schalke have emerged as potential suitors for the 28-year-old, while Spanish side Villarreal have been linked as well.
Andsay that, should the Argentine find himself benched for the opening day of the season, he’ll decide to leave the club behind.
Leno has been injured since the Gunners’ Premier League defeat to Brighton back in June.
But, when fully fit, the Germany international is considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in the entire Premier League.
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Arsenal now have a genuine dilemma on their hands. Martinez has been on song ever since being given his chance but Leno is proven at the highest level and has been consistent ever since his arrival in the summer of 2018.
And, speaking recently, he admitted he’d ‘suffered’ over the years while waiting for a chance to prove himself at the Emirates Stadium.
The 27-year-old told AS: “This has been the best year of my career, but it is not easy to fulfil your dreams.
“I arrived at Arsenal in 2010, and had five spells out on loan – plus another one with Oxford where I played just once.
“It honestly wasn’t easy for me. I found it hard, and suffered more than I should.
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“The last loan spell, at Reading, was the one I enjoyed most. The manager, Jose Gomes, put a lot of faith in me and helped me develop.
“But now I can say that all the effort has been worthwhile.”
Martinez also admitted his dream was to be No 1 for both Arsenal and Argentina.
“The fact I have returned to Arsenal so many times is because they continued to believe I could become their No.1 goalkeeper,” he said.
“Had they told me: ‘Look, you’ve no future here,’ I’d have gone to another club.
“But now I have achieved what I wanted – and I want to continue being successful with Arsenal.
“Bernd Leno’s injury has changed my career. Other great goalkeepers – such as Iker Casillas – have got their big opportunities when the first-choice keeper was injured.
“You have to be prepared for when you are called on.
“I hope to continue with Arsenal in the new season. That is my idea – although obviously I want to be in the first team.
“My dream is to play as many Premier League games as possible – and also to play for Argentina.”