Emi Martinez has kept three clean sheets in the last three games and his performances have people asking whether or not he should maintain his place once Wojciech Szczesny is fit again.
The young Argentine has played with real assurance for a man of his inexperience, but has also benefitted from a much more organised team in front of him.
And he’s paid tribute to players ahead of him, particularly Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, who have helped him during his spell in the team.
“It really helps me,” he told the official site. “Lolo and Per are both experienced, organisationally strong and always talk to you. It is so easy to play behind them.
“When you play with Per, Lolo, Nacho – whoever is in the back four – you feel confident against any team. I feel really, really confident behind them and hopefully I will get more opportunities.”
Asked about three clean sheets in a row, he continued, “It is amazing! I need to enjoy it and say thank you to my defenders as well. They have been outstanding in the last three games.
“It is always good to keep a clean sheet and do your job. When the opportunity comes, you need to be confident and show the manager that you can play as well.
“I think I am doing it, I am breeding confidence in my defenders and I am really pleased with that.”
Martinez is expected to keep his place this weekend if Szczesny remains sidelined with the hip injury – and a trip to Mordor will certainly be his toughest test yet.