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Martinez confirms he will only stay at Arsenal if he gets more games
Before the 2019/20 campaign, the majority of English football probably werent too familiar with Emiliano Martinez
The Argentine joined Arsenal all the way back in 2010.
However, despite having spent over a decade at the club, Martinez had, until recently, never been able to secure regular first-team football for the Gunners and was instead shipped out on a series of loans.
But in recent months, the 27-year-old was finally afforded the chance to showcase his talents for the north Londoners after Bernd Leno picked up an injury vs Brighton just two games into Arsenals restarted campaign.
And that is exactly what Martinez was able to do. With Leno out of action, many likely presumed that the Gunners season was doomed, as the German has proven such a key figure in recent years and recently came second in Arsenals Player of the Season vote.
However, Martinez, to his credit, has more than filled Lenos boots, making countless top-quality saves, and playing a pivotal role in Arsenal clinching their 14th FA Cup title and Europa League football earlier this month.
Martinezs superb displays of late then led to claims Arsenal were aiming to tie the shot-stopper down to a new deal.
His current contract expires in July of 2022.
However, recent comments on the part of Arsenals No.2 suggest his future may be away from the Emirates.
Speaking to an Argentinian radio station, Martinez claimed that he has now proven to the club he is capable of playing for Arsenal and he needs more games next season.
Martinez went on to add that him featuring more is the only way he will stay at Arsenal:
I have shown the club that I can play for them and when I return next season I need to have more games. That is the only way I will stay at Arsenal.
“My target is to consolidate my place with Arsenal and to reach the Argentinian national team as number one.
I wont stop until I get that and if I dont play for Arsenal, then clearly I would move on.
Quotes via the Evening Standard.
But with Bernd Leno set to be back fit for the forthcoming campaign, will Mikel Arteta really bench the German who, as already mentioned, was so pivotal for the Gunners in recent seasons?
If not, Arsenal could do what we previously suggested and cash in on Martinez this summer to help fund Mikel Artetas rebuild as the keepers price-tag will likely have gone up after his recent displays.