Emi Martinez has again reiterated his desire to become the number 1 goalkeeper at Arsenal, saying he believes he’s good enough to take the role from Bernd Leno.
The Argentine was speaking ahead of the Gunners Europa League clash with Standard Liege, expressing his own self-confidence rather than creating confrontation with his teammate.
Having been called up to his national team’s squad for the upcoming internationals, his profile is rising, and after many years understudying more experienced keepers, he’s determined to take his chances this season.
“Since I signed for this club, my goal was always to be the No 1, ” he said.
“I’ve been here for almost 10 years and I came as a young boy, now I’m a grown man. I’ve been on some good loans and bad loans, but at the end of the day my work ethic and commitment has always been focused on being the No 1 for Arsenal and Argentina.
“That’s the dream. I said to my dad that I’m going to do it and I won’t stop until I’m No 1 for Argentina.
“If you want to be No 1 at Arsenal, you have to believe in yourself no matter what. I believe in my talent and I believe in my work.
“I have been lucky to have really good goalkeeper coaches. Gerry Peyton really helped me, and Sal and Javi have taken me to another level to be honest.
“I’m grateful but my goals are much higher than that.”
You can’t fault that attitude, and the reality of his situation is that in order to take the job from Leno he’s going to have to play really well as the German looks like one of the best stoppers in the Premier League right now.
That kind of competition between our two keepers can only be a positive thing, and hopefully they can push each other to become even better.