By Rob Kelly
Damian Martinez is hoping for a chance to further his first-team credentials against Reading in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.
The 20-year-old goalkeeper put in an assured performance on his debut for the Club in last month’s 6-1 victory against Coventry City.
The Argentine is expected to get another opportunity to shine at the Madejski Stadium, and is looking forward to showing what he can do.
“The day before [the Coventry match], I was a bit nervous and I wanted to play,” Martinez told Arsenal Player. “But when we went to warm up, I was feeling so confident and focused on the game. When the game started the ball was passed to me, I passed it back and thought ‘this is my game’.
“Everyone said I had no chance with the goal and it was a great ball from the right wing. But if you’re a goalkeeper, you want to keep clean sheets. I didn’t and I wasn’t too happy.
“Hopefully I’ll get a chance against Reading. Reading play in the Premier League so it’s going to be a harder game for us [than against Coventry].”
Martinez had been part of the first-team squad for the matches at Stoke and Liverpool this season, and believes those experiences helped prepare him for his debut.
“I’ve been training with them for so long that you feel like you belong in the squad,” he said.
“Hopefully [the players] won’t say ‘Oh Emi’s in goal,’ but the opposite - ‘Emi is playing - we have a good keeper in goal’. I want them to be confident in me.”
Watch the full interview with Damian on Arsenal Player now.