By Emma Sanders
Emiliano Martinez has vowed to claim the Arsenal No1 shirt after signing a new long-term contract with the club.
The 24-year-old is currently the third choice goalkeeper behind Petr Cech and David Ospina but he revealed he “won’t stop” until he has nailed down a first-team spot.
Martinez has made just 10 appearances since joining in 2010 and has spent the majority of his Arsenal career to date on loan, with stints at Wolves, Rotherham, Oxford United and Sheffield Wednesday.
He’s featured twice already this season though, appearing in both EFL Cup ties against Reading and Nottingham Forest and is confident he can break into the first team regularly after signing a new long-term contract.
Martinez took to his personal Twitter account on Thursday afternoon to share his delight at penning the deal and expressing his “love” for the club.
Martinez also outlined his plans to become a first-team regular at Emirates Stadium.
“This is my club – it’s where I really grew up and I want to take the No.1 shirt during my time here. I won’t stop until I get it,” said Martinez, as quoted by Metro.
“It’s not just about playing well in a game. It’s about being the first one to arrive and the last one to leave training too. I’m one of them, which is why my future is here.”
The Argentine could make his third appearance of the season during Arsenal’s EFL Cup quarter-final clash against Southampton next week.
It would cap off a bright month for the goalkeeper who signed a new contract on Thursday though the length of his new deal wasn’t released.
He was surprisingly thrust into action at the start of the 2015-16 season and made five successive appearances in the Premier League and Champions League in November.
The youngster kept a clean sheet against Borussia Dortmund in a crucial European tie but conceded two goals in a 2-1 defeat against Manchester United at the Emirates.
Martinez has shown progression since joining the club five years and he has already made youth international appearances for Argentina’s under-17 and under-20s squads.
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