“…the 27-year-old has endured a season of frustration, yet to play a minute in the Premier League as Leno enhances his reputation on a weekly basis. Without those regular games, building rhythm has been an almighty challenge for Martinez, one reflected in his record of 13 goals against in 11 games.” – FootballLondon

Over the news in the past few days, several news outlets have said that Arsenal are in for a new goalkeeper. The goalkeeper in question is Alphonse Areola.

I do find his last name a bit cringe-worthy but, moving on.

Okay, let’s call him Alphonse, it’s a little weird typing his surname. Again, I digress.

Alphonse has been on loan at Real Madrid from Paris St. Germain, in a loan swap deal with Keylor Navas of Real Madrid. Alphonse has only played a total of twelve games in the 2019/20 season according to Transfermekt.

The French international (he’s French), is touted as the second choice for Arsenal. I’m not sure he’d want to play second fiddle to Bernd Leno though, especially leaving a club like Real Madrid. Alphonse would probably be looking for a place in the first team.

So, what happens to Emiliano Martinez?

It’s been a tough one for Martinez who has been at Arsenal for over 10 years. After going out on several loans spells – the most compelling being the spell at Reading FC – Martinez seemed to make some headway under Unai Emery.

Fun Fact: *Emiliano Martinez played 20 times for Arsenal under Unai Emery, the most since Arsene left*

 

“Over the summer, I spoke to Unai and our goalkeeping coach, Javi Garcia, after my spell with Reading. I told them I would stay but said that would only be the case if I had the chance to become the No 1 here, if I had the opportunities to play and get that shirt.”Arsenal.com

“You only get one career, so I have to do what’s best, and I’m lucky because my wife and my kid will follow me everywhere I go. There were offers but when I signed for Arsenal, it was to one day become No 1 for this club. It’s my dream club and after my season on loan at Reading, I feel like I showed everyone how good I am.”

Martinez has been one of the more eager players to play for the team. He mentioned once in an interview, that he promised his dad that he’ll be number one at Arsenal. That hasn’t happened yet, and I’m not sure if he’s in Mikel Arteta’s plans.

Food for Thought: Have we ever had an Arsenal goalkeeper come through the ranks of youth football to starting 11?