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Emi Martinez is just 24, a pretty young age for a goalkeeper, but it feels as if he has been at the Emirates as long as his age.
During this period, he has mainly been playing the reserve team, youth, and cup duty. Now is the time for him to either rise to prominence at Arsenal or move on
The situation at the club with the goalkeeper position certainly makes it look as if he will get that opportunity.
Emi Martinez transferred over from Argentina in 2010 at the age of 18.
He had played for the Argentinian youth teams, and even earned a call up to the senior squad in the summer of 2011. He seemed like a good young shot stopper that the club could build to become the first choice keeper in the future.
Somewhere along the way though, he seemed to get lost in the shuffle.
Always just out of the mix, he endured several short loan spell. These include Oxford, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, and Wolves. For some of these club, he was just a temporary solution, others a back-up keeper. He never found a permanent spot for a full season. A bit worrying, as regular first team play would go a long way in developing his skills.
On the other hand, interspersed with these loan spells were very solid first team appearances in the cup games at Arsenal, most noticeably in the group stage of the 2014-2015 Champions League campaign. Periodically he has come in and done a solid job, only to then be relegated back to the bench, leaving fans wondering why he isn’t playing more.