Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Martinez giving himself the best possible chance of success

Damian Martinez’s two competitive appearances for the Arsenal first-team to date could hardly have been more contrasting in nature.

The Argentinian goalkeeper demonstrated a calm demeanour and was extremely confident in claiming crosses as a young Arsenal side comfortably dispatched of Coventry City in the 3rd round of the Capital One Cup in 2012. However, in the next round of the competition some doubts began to arise about Martinez’s credentials as he made several errors in the tumultuous 7-5 win away to Reading.

Two years later Martinez appears to have fully recovered from that performance. The 21 year old has been in impressive form for the first-team during pre-season, and, despite the arrival of David Ospina from Nice, he looks set to finally be promoted to the senior squad as third-choice goalkeeper.

Tall and possessing a superb goal-kick, Martinez spent most of last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship, where he vied with Chris Kirkland for a place in goal. He didn’t feature as often as he would have liked, but still racked up 11 league appearances and appears to have improved considerably from the experience.

His long-term chances of making the grade at Arsenal are still questionable, but Martinez is doing everything he possibly can to give himself a good chance of success. Having been born in 1992, he will be classed as a senior players in the club’s Premier League and Champions League squads, although he may have to be content with a few Capital One Cup appearances with two comparatively experienced goalkeepers ahead of him.

However, with Ospina currently injured, Martinez is in line to be named on the bench for the Community Shield fixture against Manchester City on Sunday and could go into the season as the club’s temporary back-up to Szczesny.

He will undoubtedly have to be patient for his opportunity, but Martinez has certainly enhanced his reputation this Summer.

Jeorge Bird is the author of  www.arsenalyouth.wordpress.com  Follow him on Twitter @jeorgebird


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Loop A Hole

The point of the article is umm ..what?

Brian Mendoza

More or less the same point of your comment I’d imagine


Looks like Aguero. Just saying yo.


Maybe we should try playing him up front.. Anything better than Giroud right?


Being only 21 hes at a good level he has all the right attributes, what will probably happen is he willl want games and will have to leave to get them just the way the system is unless there is a long term injury its a natural progression for any player at the club just like the recent one involving TV

sam gooner

Dont forget even UCL winning keepers concede 5 or 7 (Casillas Caesar)

Da Faq You Looking @_keep Scrolling

He looked good against Benfica. He’s gonna turn out to be a good or maybe great keeper.


Ospina is still injured?

Bufty the imaginary lodger

He should push for a move on loan someware where he’d start every game, didn’t do shez any harm.

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