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Emiliano Martinez

Highly-rated goalkeeper Emi impressed during a fine spell on loan at Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers last season.

The Argentine stopper (full name Damian Emiliano Martinez) kept five clean sheets in 15 appearances for the West Midlands side, and saved a penalty in the goalless draw at Brighton & Hove Albion before a thigh injury ruled him out on action.

Emiliano Martinez Profile

Born September 02, 1992
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 26
Previous Club(s) Oxford United (loan), Independiente, Sheffield Wednesday (loan), Rotherham United (loan), Wolves (loan)
Arsenal Debut September 26, 2012

It was an unfortunate blow for Emi who, during his first three months, had made more saves than any other Championship goalkeeper, but he returned to Arsenal with more first-team experience to add to his Champions League appearances against Anderlecht and Borussia Dortmund in 2014/15.

The Buenos Aires-born goalkeeper also made his Premier League debut that season, replacing the injured Wojciech Szczesny against Manchester United, before he went on to keep clean sheets against West Bromwich Albion and Southampton.

On his route to the Arsenal first team, he also spent time on loan at Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United, playing eight times for the latter and helping them avoid relegation in 2015.

Blessed with quick reflexes and superb distribution, the 6ft 4in keeper signed for the Gunners as a teenager in 2010. An Argentine youth international, he was called up to the senior squad for a friendly against Nigeria in 2011 but did not feature.

Emiliano Martinez's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2012-2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
2014-2015 3 + 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 + 1 0
2016-2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 3 + 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 8 + 1 0

My Year

  • 2016/17
  • 2015/16
  • 2014/15

August

Emiliano did not play in August.

July

Emiliano played 45 minutes of Arsenal’s 4-0 win against a Singapore Select XI before keeping a clean sheet in their Emirates Cup victory against Lyon.

August

Emiliano was an unused substitute for all six of Arsenal's August fixtures.

September

Emiiliano was an unused substitute in Arsenal’s 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat against Southampton in September. “I think I’m progressing every season,” he said. “I’ve shown the manager that I can play in pre-season against Benfica and in the USA. I’ve renewed my contract with Arsenal and I’m really looking forward to hopefully getting a few games this season.”

October

Emi made his Champions League debut in October when he replaced the suspended Wojciech Szczesny and injured David Ospina in goal against Anderlecht. “It was brilliant,” Emi said after the 2-1 vicory. “I think I made two good saves, I was solid and I felt confident. That's what I needed. If you're not confident, you won't get anything.”

November

Emi played three times in Novemeber, serving as a capable deputy for the injured Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina. The 22-year-old kept two clean sheets, against Borussia Dortmund and West Bromwich Albion, in only his sixth and seventh starts for Arsene Wenger’s side. “I was really pleased, especially with the save in the first half when we were 1-0 up,” Emi told Arsenal Player after beating Dortmund 2-0. “The last one kept my team nice and calm in the game as well, so I was really pleased with my performance.”

December

Emi played twice at the start of December and kept a clean sheet against Southampton, again proving a capable deputy for the injured Wojciech Szczesny. Arsene Wenger also named the young goalkeeper on his bench for three more games.

January

Emi did not feature for the first team in January but was named on Arsene Wenger’s bench for the FA Cup fourth-round win at Brighton & Hove Albion.

February

Emi did not feature for the first team in February but was on the bench for the 2-0 win against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.

May

Emiliano did not feature for the first team in May.