Damien Martinez says he is ready to be Arsenal’s Number One

The young Argentinian keeper Damien Martinez has been thrust into the limelight due to the ongoing injuries to the Arsenal first-choice keepers Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Fabianski, and although he is only the reserve to Vito Mannone at the moment, he is fully prepared to play for the full 90 minutes against Norwich if Wenger decides to make a change.

Martinez said: “The English Premier League is the best in the world. I have adapted very well here and it truly is amazing,”

“The best thing is the high level of football, pitches here are perfect. It’s unbelievable and I hope to stay in this league for as long as I can.

“At Norwich City on Saturday I think I’m going to be on the bench, but the possibility of playing from the start is always there. I’m prepared for that.

“I have shown that I can play at the top level even at my age. It is the manager’s decision and I have to wait for that moment to come. Despite the fact that I’ve just turned 20, I think I’m progressing well and I’m taking solid steps forward. I hope to keep playing here.”

The youngster arrived from Argentina at the tender age of 17 but he believes that Wenger has faith in him, just as he has with the other younger members of the Gunners squad. “Wenger is a great manager, very professional and very demanding,” he said. “but he also gives youngsters a lot of freedom. He treats every player the same. I have a lot of admiration for him as a manager and as a person,”

“I have been working here for the last three years and I’m in a great mood. I play like I’ve always played, only here pitches are different and football is faster, but my job is the same and I have to defend my goal.”

He has had a taste of first-team football in Arsenal’s 6-1 demolition of Coventry, and he loved every minute of it. “That 6-1 win over Coventry was emotional, it was the perfect match for me to make my debut,” he said.

“The League Cup is important. Arsenal lost the final two seasons ago. In two weeks we have to play Reading in that competition.”

Martinez also admitted that it was a wrench to move to another continent as such an early age, but he is also certain he made the right decision for his career to move to Arsenal.

“Leaving Independiente was tough,” he continued. “All my friends were there. I played four years there. It was difficult but I wanted to build my career in Europe at one of the best clubs in the world. Luckily for me, I didn’t get it wrong. I’m seeing the results now and I want more.

“I left when I was very young, without having the chance to play for Independiente in the First Division, but before I retire, I’m going to return to the club that gave me everything.”

Being on the bench for the first-team games is a big step up for him and he is likely to play again soon in the Capital One Cup, and if Szczesny and Fabianski remain out of the picture for some time (which is looking likely), Arsenal fans could be seeing a lot more of young Martinez in the near future……

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20 thoughts on “Damien Martinez says he is ready to be Arsenal’s Number One

  1. Hafiz Rahman

    he shld be given a chance…Argentina 4th choice gk…..

    if sheez at 20yo was given….Martineze shld as well..

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  2. northlondonsfinest06

    Martinez is good! But he also needs to remember he’s our 4th keeper! And it was injuries that promoted him to the bench… Not deaths! So when those injuries clear he will be brought back down! Unless he can really prove his worth? I really have belief in the youngstar! But I don’t think he’s better than our current three main keepers! Well let’s wait and see! I wish him the best but Arsenal should not overlook the fact that our goal is seriously lacking the professional expertise needed to carry the major cups!

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  3. leo

    today’s crazy rumors in media about arsenal transfer targets jesus navas,alvaro negredo,roberto soldado spanish media claims we have made 20m bid for soldado for jan & marca claims we have opened talks for llorente already to sign him in jan lol

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  4. BG gunner

    well, obviously szczesny won this year’s “A mysterious season long injury” award, presented by Arsenal medical team

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  5. green gunner

    Martinez, fabianski, Mannone and Szezney…..as Duncan McCloud said ‘There can be only one’

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  6. Travis Bickle

    For the last 4 months of last season, Szeszney was playing with injections in his right shoulder. He had injured the shoulder just as the team was picking up a head of steam to challenge for the top 4 places. As a result the club took the steps needed to ensure Szesney could play, and help the team achive Champions League football for this season.

    I think there is a potential that we are seeing the results of these injections have had on Szesney now.

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  7. chris from Cambridge

    A bit like overplaying Wilshere the season before ? Meanwhile if Szechsney was kept going with injections … that tells you how Arsenal rated the other keepers !!

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  8. afc_212

    The latest news on chesney is he should be fit to play again within 2 weeks, his shoulders fine its definetly an ankle issue. That should have him back in contention for the manure game and beyond. Its strange how chelski and lpool can tread the line with only one recognised known goalkeeper and yet we with 3 are relying on the 3rd choice one hoping no harm comes to him. What have we done to offend the footballing gods so badly that no season can pass without us having serious chronic injury problems. To be fair manure seem to be getting some of our luck with injuries of late but their neighbours in blue and our neighbours in blue seem to be like robots forever marching on. I cant remember the last time a vital member of their first team went down for half a season or more. I suppose it must be down to their vast expensively assembled squads with rotation and all that. Still its good to know manure are in the same boat as us struggling to keep up with them and i honestly believe if it wasn’t for all the dodgy help they get from ref’s constantly they would fair no better than us. For me last season was a shocker with city a team superior to them in every department who trounced them 6-1 in their own back yard needing a goal from the very last kick of the season to wrestle the title from their cheating hands. Cant wait for ‘squeaky bum time’ this season when the ref’s blowin for the pen when the foul hasn’t even been committed yet.

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  9. Henryesk

    Soldado is the type of striker we need.. Quick, fleet footed and clinical.. I don’t know why we keep looking at tall ‘slow’ target men it doesn’t suit our style of play. Soldado over Llorente any day but realistically HUNTELAAR!! If we don’t get him, I think Liverpool will.

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  10. Ganaz

    Need experienced good goalkeeper,it’s not time for experiments we need to win something decent at the end of the season.By saying so I mean Martinez time at Arsenal is yet to come.There is no time for testing keepers.

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  11. Arun

    during Almunia days,i used to think can’t we hav a gud goalkeepeer…now there are 3-4 guys fighting for no.1 spot :D

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  12. S.H

    He will be ready when Wenger says he is ready! Good on Martinez for his self-belief. I encourage the young lad to keep on working hard. His day will come. Hopefully with Arsenal, but for me Big Szczesny is still currently number 1.

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  13. Invincibles nice (1)

    Really hope he becomes a giant of a goalkeeper and pushes szczesney for spot, now with Fabianski injured we might get to see why Arsene rates the lad so highly.

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