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Emi Martinez is ‘open to everything’ this summer, whether it’s staying at Arsenal or moving on, as he wants to play regularly regardless.
Emi Martinez is open to moving on from Arsenal this summer, if it’s the best option to help him play matches. The 27-year-old is currently Mikel Arteta’s second-choice goalkeeper, but he’s only getting games in the cup competitions.
Perhaps understandably, he told TNT Sports this week that he would consider ‘everything’ this summer.
“The most difficult thing was to leave home as a child,” Martinez began (via Goal). “I left the club I loved, from Independiente, away from my friends.
“The fear I had was to fail abroad, but in these 10 years I affirmed myself at Arsenal, I joined the Argentina national team. I still have a contract for two more seasons, but I am open to everything because I want to play, here or in another club.”
The goalkeeper also suggested he’d consider a move back to Independiente. Though likely in two or three years, rather than right now.
Martinez returned from his loan spell at Reading to get a serious chance at Arsenal this season. That was under Unai Emery, who played him throughout the Europa League group stage and in the League Cup.
Mikel Arteta continued to give Martinez chances in the FA Cup. However, he turned to Bernd Leno for the Europa League knockout rounds.
Even if Arsenal didn’t exit the competition immediately, that would still only leave Martinez with a maximum of three games for the remainder of the season, assuming they make the FA Cup final.
Obviously, an injury or suspension for Leno changes the whole picture. Martinez might get a run of games to prove himself, and nail down the spot. He can’t spend his whole career waiting for that, though.