After a few seasons of slowly declining, Petr Cech’s retirement has been welcomed with open arms by Arsenal fans.
The Premier League legend will hang up his gloves come the end of the season after 15 years of dominance between the sticks in the English top-flight, and although his final years at Arsenal haven’t been kind to the former Chelsea ‘keeper, Cech has timed his departure from football at the right time.
Having lost his first-team spot to Bernd Leno earlier in the season, Arsenal will be likely to look for a player who can take Cech’s spot on the bench for the upcoming campaign, and an answer for a new back-up keeper already lies in the team in the form of Emiliano Martinez.
The Argentine goalkeeper has been in north London for the good part of nine years and has constantly spoken about his admiration and love for Arsenal during that time, but first-team chances have been close to impossible for Martinez.
However, with Cech retiring and Martinez impressing at Reading for the second-half of this season, the 26-year-old shot stopper could finally win a spot in the first-team and establish himself as a reliable backup option for Arsenal.
Martinez surely has aspirations of one day becoming the first-team keeper at Arsenal and could realistically become if should something happen to Leno in the future, and after years of being third-choice and waiting patiently on the wings for a chance, the Argentine more than deserves a shot to feature regularly for the team he is so fond of.
Arsenal fans, would you take Martinez as second-choice keeper? Let us know!
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