Emiliano Martinez: Arsenal goalkeeper ready to leave club if not assured

Emiliano Martinez: Arsenal goalkeeper ready to leave club if not assured

- Emiliano Martinez only broke into Arsenal's first team this season despite joining the club 10 years ago

- The Argentine played a pivotal role in the final days of the Gunners' 2019/20 season

- Martinez now wants assurances of enough game time before committing his future with the north London club

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Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has threatened to quit the club this summer if he is not guaranteed a starting role.

Martinez is currently the club's second choice goalkeeper, playing second fiddle to German shotstopper Bernd Leno.

He has been impressive between the sticks in recent weeks after he replaced Leno in goal following the latter's season-ending knee injury while in action against Brighton.

The Argentine guarded the posts during Arsenal's FA Cup triumph over Chelsea in the competition's finals played at Wembley Stadium, earning praise from a number of fans.

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However, after his heroics in the domestic cup, Martinez has declared his unwillingness to remain at the Emirates unless he is assured of the No.1 spot.

Emiliano Martinez: Arsenal keeper says he is ready to leave club if not assured of game time

Emiliano Martinez only broke into Arsenal's first team this season despite joining the club 10 years ago. Photo: Getty Images.
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“I have shown the club that I can play for them and when I return next season I need to have more games," Mirror UK quoted Martinez saying.

“That is the only way I will stay at Arsenal. My target is to consolidate my place with Arsenal and to reach the Argentinian national team as number one. I won’t stop until I get that and if I don’t play for Arsenal, then clearly I would move on," he added.

Despite signing for the Gunners close to a decade ago, Martinez failed to break into the team's first team squad until this season.

His arrival at the north London club in 2010 from Independiente saw him sent out on a number of loan spells with various clubs including Oxford, Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves.

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The 27-year-old's comments are sure to give Mikel Arteta a fresh headache as he rethinks his team set up ahead of next season.

Mirror UK reports Leeds Fulham and Sheffield United are among clubs monitoring his situation at Emirates.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Willian has announced that he is leaving Chelsea after he arrived the club six years ago, with the Brazilian saying it is time to move on.

The dazzling Brazilian scored 63 goals and then made 62 assists for the Premier League club in his 339 appearances in all competitions.

He joined Chelsea from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 and although he preferred to remain at the Stamford Bridge side, Chelsea were unwilling to offer the three-year contract he desired.

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