Report: Ospina injury means Hammer time for Martinez

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David Ospina looks set to sit out tomorrow night’s game with West Ham United after picking up a knock in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday.

The Colombian’s absence, coupled with Petr Cech’s injury, means Emiliano Martinez could make his first Premier League start since the 3-2 “Get out while you can Joel” defeat away at Stoke City in December 2014.

The Argentine keeper has made 11 first team appearances to date and kept goal in the EFL Cup earlier in the season.

It’s a chance for the 24-year-old to stake his claim for more regular football at the Emirates with Ospina widely expected to leave in the summer and Wojciech Szczesny’s future at Arsenal also in doubt.

The presence of Andy Carroll will certainly make tomorrow evening a test for Martinez with the boss admitting his side will need to keep the ball away from the England striker.

“The best way to keep him [Carroll] quiet is to play in their half,” the manager said.

“Apart from that, Carroll’s strengths are that he protects the ball well, he’s good in the air, he’s very forceful with his commitment as well, so we will need to be good to stop the crosses. Once a cross comes into the box, he’s always very dangerous against anyone.”

“Once a cross comes into the box, he’s always very dangerous against anyone.”

 

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