FA Cup winning goalkeeper Emi Martinez says that the players are determined to give Arsenal fans more after a disappointing season in general, but hopes they’re proud after the 2-1 win over Chelsea.
The 27 year old’s career progression has been far from easy, but he was an assured presence between the sticks at Wembley yesterday, capping what has been a fantastic run in the team following Bernd Leno’s injury against Brighton.
He was beaten by Christian Pulisic early on, but as the pressure mounted he commanded his area and made an important, brave save late on to keep the Gunners in front.
Speaking to the official site afterwards, he praised the team for what they gave and said, “You can see how we fight for the manager, we fight for ourselves and for our families.
“I think we made the Arsenal fans really proud today. Obviously they deserve a lot more from us, especially in the Premier League and in Europe, but we had a bad season in the Prem but we still won a trophy.
“We want them to be happy.”
Martinez was emotional after the game, breaking down in tears on BBC in his post-match interview, overcome with the significance of the occasion after 10 years in North London.
Those were emotions shared by his family back home in Argentina, and he sounded rightly pleased with the job he’s done in the team over the last few weeks.
“I felt really confident even before the game and in the semi final and all the way through in the FA Cup,” he said.
“That’s what I do best, I work hard and everyone says when you work hard you get your rewards and I think I did that today.
“I’ve worked really hard at the club for 10 years for opportunities like this. I couldn’t be prouder.”