Martinez earns Argentina selection

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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.

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.

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Russ
Russ
8 months ago

Good lad!

Mintoes
Mintoes
8 months ago
Reply to  Russ

Great boost for his confidence.

Start him over Leno – yea or nay?

I say yea!

Hello hi
Hello hi
8 months ago
Reply to  Russ

Well done you

SB Still
SB Still
8 months ago

Good luck to Martinez. Hope he kicks…er…catches on from here. I’m out of here!

Brendan
Brendan
8 months ago

Funny, until this article, I always thought he was Spanish. Does he qualify for both?

Belfast Gooner
Belfast Gooner
8 months ago
Reply to  Brendan

Don’t think he qualifies for Spain. Came over from Argentina in 2010. I met him at an u21 open training session when he was on trial. Think he was only 17. Hard to believe he is now the longest serving player at the club!

Richie
8 months ago
Reply to  Brendan

You must be thinking of Fawlty Manual Almunia, he’s the only Spanish keeper we’ve had.

Goontang
Goontang
8 months ago
Reply to  Brendan

Probably ate some Paella on loan at Getafe, but didnt do much keeping. No other spanish connection I’m aware of

KingThroughBall
KingThroughBall
8 months ago

This was one of his goals and he’s achieved it. Good luck to em!

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter
8 months ago

Well deserved ?

Kartik Iyer
Kartik Iyer
8 months ago
Reply to  Lord Bendnter

That’s high praise coming from the GSTEL. All hail the lord!

Arsemusic
Arsemusic
8 months ago

Good luck to him. It’s great to see he’s finally getting the game time with us.

Henry's Renault
Henry's Renault
8 months ago

Having watched him a few times recently, I have no problem with Emi standing in for Leno, or if it were permanent. I think he’s very decent

lordgunner
lordgunner
8 months ago

Take the foward line of argentina out and you can understand why argentina have been struggling last few years ,the defensive player are really below standard , actually the whole argentian youth set up have to be rebuild, cant get result with just producing attacking player in the same position

and congrats to Martinez

Martin L. E.
Martin L. E.
8 months ago
Reply to  lordgunner

Thats always been Argentinas problem. It was when they won their 2 world cups as well.

Insider9
Insider9
8 months ago

I’m sure he’ll fit in well in a team with great forward line, average midfield and poor defence….. He definitely has relevant experience.

Well done Emi!

Newxieland
Newxieland
8 months ago

27 is still very young for a gk… he’s got at least 10 more years ahead of him to fully realise potential!

Berlingoon
Berlingoon
8 months ago
Reply to  Newxieland

At least 10 more years is a bit of a stretch. I’d rather say 5 to 10 (if everything is going well)

SharpasFc
SharpasFc
8 months ago
Reply to  Berlingoon

Buffon is 112!

Hopefulgooner
Hopefulgooner
8 months ago

I personally rate hom higer than any other goalkeeper for Argentina. Its his bad luck to be second or third keeper at clun level to have stopped him from being called up for Argentina. Surely better than Romero.

North London is Redder
North London is Redder
8 months ago
Reply to  Hopefulgooner

We’d better sign hom higer. Sounds like a great goalie.

Prince Gunner
Prince Gunner
8 months ago

Hope he will do better than Ospina in the role.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon
8 months ago
Reply to  Prince Gunner

I don’t think Ospina has ever been Argentines Keeper ?

yen
yen
8 months ago
Reply to  Berlingoon

So he’s therefore probably on his best way to be better than him, right?

Jan
Jan
8 months ago

Even team sheets have sponsors now? What in the world…

Richie
8 months ago
Reply to  Jan

South America, everything is sponsored. But to be fair, The Arsenal team sheets are sponsored by PES 2020.

SB Still
SB Still
8 months ago

Off topic
There is a small possibility that Liverpool may not be our next round opponents in the Carabo cup

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49862651

Richie
8 months ago
Reply to  SB Still

Zero chance, they’ll get a small fine and that will be the end of that.

Duno
Duno
8 months ago
Reply to  SB Still

Nah, I want Liverpool. Will be an excellent low risk experience for our youths.

Dave
Dave
8 months ago
Reply to  Duno

Emery will play a strong side and lose to Liverpool’s second string. Mark my words.

Richie
8 months ago

Bellerin starts for the under 23’s today, I guess that rules him out of Old Trafford.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi
8 months ago

Congrats, Emi. Soar to greater heights.

canadrian
canadrian
8 months ago

My G. I will simply say this now: I believe Emi has a higher ceiling than Leno and if he is ultimately made Arsenal’s #1, we are better off for it.

Dave
Dave
8 months ago
Reply to  canadrian

He looks very assured, more so than Leno. Leno is a great keeper, though. A great problem to have.

In the mean time there’s plenty of cup games for Martinez to play, and on current performances I’d have no qualms with starting him in a final.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight
8 months ago

Blogs, a few points on the app update:

1. There’s no way to look at comments. You have to open the page in your browser. Very clunky.
2. You can’t swipe left and right to move between articles. Slightly inconvenient.
3. The format on the articles looks a bit amateurish in my eyes, but maybe I’m being harsh. Just looks like something someone has knocked up at home.

The menu formatting looks nice though, so I guess there’s that.

Dave
Dave
8 months ago

Future Arsenal no. 1?