Martinez: I’ve never lost a penalty shootout


Emi Martinez says the secret to winning yesterday’s pre-season penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich was simple guesswork.

The Argentine keeper saved from David Alaba and Juan Bernat and came close to stopping Kingsley Coman’s effort having only been on the field of play for 19 minutes of the friendly.

“I guess to be honest,” said Martinez when asked about his shootout tactics.

“Since I was a kid, I’ve never lost on a penalty shoot-out. I keep building my luck in penalties.

“That’s what we train so hard for, extra-time. Goalkeepers always start early and finish late. The boss said that I had 20 or 25 minutes to play in this game, and I tried to do my best. It worked.

“I saved two penalties at the end and that was pretty incredible, but I think everyone played a part in this game.”

Given his record is so good, Arseblog News is more than happy for Martinez to continue guessing. We’re pretty sure Petr Cech dived the wrong way for every one of the 156 penalties we conceded last year.

Maybe Jens might have a word with our veteran stopper. After all, he famously saved Juan Roman Riquelme’s spot-kick in the dying seconds of the Champions League semi-final in 2006 and went on to use a ‘cheat sheet’ when Germany overcame Argentina on penalties in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final showdown. His scribbled note ended up being auctioned off for charity and raised over €1 million! 

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