Early team news: Arsenal 24-year-old to start against Crystal Palace - reliable journalist
By Will Butcher
Emi Martinez will start between the Arsenal sticks for a second successive match against Crystal Palace on Monday, according to a reliable journalist.
The Argentinian stopper made only his fourth appearance of the season against West Ham on Wednesday night, as the Gunners secured a comfortable 3-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Injury analyst Ben Dinnery, who works for Sky Sports and ESPN, claimed on his personal Twitter account that Martinez would start over Petr Cech and David Ospina as the duo will not recover from injury in time.
Martinez will start in goal at Palace on Monday – Cech and Ospina won't be ready in time. #AFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) April 7, 2017
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Cech is still sidelined, after the Mirror reported that the veteran goalkeeper would be out for a month with a calf injury.
Joining him in the stands is Colombia international Ospina, who suffered a muscle injury during the 2-2 draw against Pep Guardiola’s Man City and subsequently missed the clash against the Hammers.
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Martinez is firmly regarded as the Gunners’ third-choice goalkeeper, making just 12 career appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side after moving to Arsenal’s youth academy in 2010.
However, the Gunners’ number 26 has only conceded 13 goals in those 12 games, making six clean sheets and he proved his quality with a top save to deny Manuel Lanzini on Wednesday.
Arsenal will be hoping to build on the 3-0 win against Slaven Bilic’s side with three points at Selhurst Park, as they look to reignite their top four hopes.
A 17th league win of the season could take them to within just a point of Guardiola’s City, if the Sky Blues are shocked by relegation candidates Hull City at the Etihad.
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