By Harry Sykes
Emiliano Martinez has signed a new Arsenal contract, the club announced on Thursday.
The Gunners revealed on their official website that the goalkeeper, 24, has penned a “long-term” agreement but have failed to divulge the length of the deal.
Argentine Martinez joined the Arsenal academy at the age of 18 in 2010 and has progressed through the club’s ranks to the point where he has now made 10 senior appearances.
Manager Arsene Wenger has showed faith in the former Argentina Under-20 international this season by handing him the full 90 minutes in each of Arsenal’s League Cup matches, which they both won convincingly.
Martinez is yet to appear in the Premier League or Champions League this season, as he third in the pecking order behind established No1 Petr Cech and his deputy David Ospina.
The Argentine has experience outside of the top flight following loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday, Wolves, Rotherham and Oxford.
Football Insider verdict:
Wenger does not have a great track record when it comes to identifying goalkeeper talent, as anyone who sat through the ill-fated first-team spells of Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski can testify. The Arsenal manager’s style is generally to give the club’s young goalkeepers as long as possible to prove him and his goalkeeper recruitment team correct. Only when there is no alternative but to let them go – as was the case with the technically suspect Wojciech Szczesny – does Wenger err on the side of ruthlessness. If Martinez is the real deal, he deserves time and the chance to learn his trade. But the chances of him being a first-team regular at Arsenal would appear to be remote, given that established No1 Petr Cech is only halfway through a three-year contract and has showed no signs of a drop in his skyscraper-high standards.
In other Arsenal team news, these are the team’s player ratings for the 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.