Emi Martinez is catching the eye in the Arsenal goal at the moment, taking the chance presented to him by Bernd Leno’s injury.
With Mikel Arteta now in charge of the Gunners, the Argentine has kept clean sheets in three of the last four games, making some very important saves along the way.
Ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Leicester at the Emirates, the 27 year old was full of praise for his former teammate who took over the job late last year.
He insisted they had high expectations for the Spaniard, but have still been taken aback by the quality of the work he’s doing.
“We knew Mikel would be a good manager when he signed here, but we didn’t know he would be this good,” he told Sky Sports.
“He is incredible. He knows how to deal with experienced players, with young players. He gives us a gameplan against anybody and gives us hope when we do the training sessions.
“He knows what position you have to be in in every department, whether you are a goalkeeper, a striker or a left-winger.
“And then, when we go into the games, those scenarios we worked on in training actually happen, so we start believing in every word that he says.
“When he says something now, we are so willing to listen to him because we know he will take us to another level.
Having joined the Gunners in 2010, Martinez is one of the club’s longest serving players, but has been the third wheel for most of his time here – as well as having some loan spells of varying success.
He says he never stopped believing in himself and the opportunity to stake a claim for the main job at Arsenal.
“I always believed I could do it here and the club always believed in me as well,” he said.
“That’s one of the reasons I stayed here for so long. They always believed I could become the number 1. That motivation kept me going and it’s not like I haven’t been progressing over the years.
“I was always progressing and pushing my career forward.”
Let’s hope he can keep up this good form when we host the Foxes, and the Premier League’s leading scorer Jamie Vardy, tomorrow night.