Arsenal fans have been panicking for a long time ahead of their summer transfer window. It’s well known that the Gunners have no little in the way of transfer funds, so Unai Emery will have to cut corners. One of those corners that will be cut is in the goalkeeping department, as The Sun reports they won’t be replacing the retiring Petr Cech.
Arsenal won’t sign a new keeper in the summer to replace Petr Cech so that they can use funds to strengthen other key areas. Instead, the club will recall Emiliano Martinez from his loan with Reading. The club has been monitoring his progress constantly. [Sun]
— LTArsenal (@ltarsenal) 28 February 2019
Whilst to some fans that may be worrying, losing your second choice goalkeeper isn’t always the worst thing in the world. Bernd Leno is a top goalkeeper and he’s no doubt one of the best that The Emirates has seen, however, he’s never going to play every game and having a second choice is key to every top side, and for Unai Emery’s Arsenal, that second choice is set to be Emiliano Martinez.
The Argentine is decent enough back-up and he will no doubt be able to step up and perform when called upon in both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup. If Leno is to be injured at all then things will be turned on their heads as the inexperienced Martinez would be dropped into both Premier League and Europa League action. Whether or not he can hack it is another matter, even if the Gunners are all delighted with the news that they’ll be saving on a new goalkeeper.
You can read the Gunners’ verdict on the goalkeeping situation here:
Leno doing amazing so good decision
— Aid (@HandofEmery) February 28, 2019
Good decision. Emi is good backup to Leno.
— peroropper (@peroropper) February 28, 2019
Emi needs a fair chance, this is awesome if true
— Adam (@Aj6970) February 28, 2019
For once I hope what the sun reports is true
— Luke Jenkins (@LukeJenko4) February 28, 2019
Don’t mind that at all, about time we gave a real chance to a academy goalkeeper, we haven’t had one since Szczesny and look at him now
— Kamz Gooner (@Kamz2203) February 28, 2019
That’s the right move / he’s quality
— Sea Lion (@Craig22_AFC) February 28, 2019
Don't mind that at all, Martinez more than capable
— Chandler Pickup (@ChandlerGeorge6) March 1, 2019
Obviously Martinez deserves the chance and he's good
— Kaveh Ahangar (@kaaavehahangar) March 1, 2019
Good decision E.Martinez does deserve to be given chance in arsenal's first team
— junaid (@junaidjbutt) February 28, 2019
It’s a no brainer
— Darin Dupree (@darin_dupree) February 28, 2019
The Gunners love the idea of Martinez as their second choice ‘keeper and will hope he can shine when called upon next season.