Goalkeeper Damian Martinez is to spend the rest of the season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, the club have confirmed.
The young Argentine has made 6 appearances in the Championship for Wednesday, and spoke last month about his desire to stay longer than was originally planned.
“I love Wednesday,” he said. “I really want to stay here and extend my contract. I spoke to Arsenal and I said I will not be going back to the club as first choice so I need to play.
“I want to give my team clean sheets and that is what all goalkeepers want. I was giving everything in training and then I got a chance to play in the first team and show every game that I can be the number one.”
Martinez had displaced experienced England international Chris Kirkland, but has found himself on the bench again in recent games. He’ll be hoping to play more regularly, however, as the goalkeeping situation at Arsenal becomes quite open in the summer.
Lukasz Fabianski is out of contract in the summer, while Italian Emiliano Viviano has yet to play a game and will undoubtedly go somewhere else when his loan spell expires.
That will leave Arsene Wenger looking for a reliable, competitive number 2 for Wojciech Szczesny, and if Martinez can play often enough, perhaps he’ll be the man to fill that role.