Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Emi Martinez will start the FA Cup final next weekend with Bernd Leno still continuing his recovering from injury.
The German could still make the bench for the trip to Wembley having returned to full training this week, but it sounds like there’s no rush to press our number one into action with his back-up in such fine fettle.
Martinez produced three terrific stops to preserve a 3-2 win for the Gunners against Watford on the final day of the season as Mikel Arteta’s squad finished in eighth place.
After the game, the boss confirmed the Argentine would retain his place.
“Emi has earned his place with another brilliant performance today again when the team needed him,” he said.
“He made some fantastic saves, Bernd is still recovering from his injury, so Emi is the one now.”
For all the praise, the boss was coy on whether the 27-year-old will remain his preferred choice when next season starts on 12 September. Instead, he pointed out that anything can happen in the space of a week, let alone seven.
“In football a week is too much, so let’s hope he is available for the game, and if that’s the case he will start.”