Emi Martinez has earned his first call-up to the Argentina national team in over eight years after keeping clean sheets in both his Arsenal appearances this season.
The keeper was first given the nod by his country in 2011 when he was a promising 19-year-old. Damian, as he was known at the time, didn’t get on the pitch but big things were predicted as he progressed through the ranks at London Colney.
Such is the life of a glove butler, he’s had to bide his time for both club and country. After years out on loan, including stints with Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Wolves, Getafe and Reading, he’s finally worked his way up to number two in the pecking order at the Emirates.
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Emi’s new status as our cup stopper appears to have caught the attention of national team coach Lionel Scaloni who has selected him alongside fellow keepers Porto’s Agustin Marchesin and Udinese’s Juan Musso for upcoming October Interlull matches with Germany and Ecuador.
We’re very pleased for Emi, who has looked great so far this season, and hope he gets to make his debut.