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
September 02, 1992
|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|
|2014-2015||3 + 1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5 + 1||0|
|Total||3 + 1||0||2||0||0||0||3||0||0||0||8 + 1||0|