Arsenal have confirmed that Emiliano Martinez has committed his future to the club after penning a new long-term deal.
The 24-year-old has made 10 appearances for the first team since his debut in 2012 and is currently the club’s third choice stopper behind David Ospina and Petr Cech.
Martinez impressed on loan at Wolves last season having already undertaken stints at Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United.
This term, the Argentine has kept two clean sheets in Arsenal’s EFL Cup victories over Nottingham Forest and Reading and will play in goal in Tuesday’s quarter-final when Southampton visit the Emirates.
Speaking about his new deal, Martinez told Arsenal Player, “It feels amazing to be honest. I’ve been here for six or seven years already and to have the opportunity to sign a new deal is a great achievement for me and my family.
“This is a big step for me, signing a new deal for Arsenal, training every day with big goalkeepers, big players and I feel like I’m one of them now. I really want to reach the top level.
“Arsenal means everything to me. I grew up here, I learnt English here and I’ve got everything in the UK. I love this club and I want to be the No 1 goalkeeper here for many years.”
Martinez is the second player in quick succession to sign a new contract at the Emirates. Last week Hector Bellerin was forced to spend three days on social media telling everybody that he too has signed.
It’ll now be interesting to see what the club decides to do with Wojciech Szczesny at the end of the season.