Highly-rated with bags of promise, Damian Martinez has enjoyed a solid full season in Arsenal's reserve-team set-up.

Wojciech Szczesny will take some ousting over the coming years, but the young Argentine's minor breakthrough into first-team proceedings this season will give the No 1 food for thought.

Damian, commonly referred to as 'Emi' at London Colney, was named among the substitutes in cup matches against Shrewsbury and Leeds after some strong displays for Neil Banfield's reserves.

The 19-year-old registered 12 appearances for the second string after progressing from the Under-18s last season and proved reliable as the Reserves finished third.

Like Szczesny himself had in the 2009/10 campaign, a loan move may well be the next step for the talented young goalkeeper. Damian featured once on an emergency loan for Oxford United at the end of the campaign but may seek something more substantial next season.

Whatever happens, Arsenal's future looks to be in safe hands.

SOUNDBITE

“I have been training all my life and I am ready to play. Gerry [Peyton, the goalkeeper coach,] said to me that I would be on the bench for the Carling Cup and then I was there for the FA Cup too. He said to me: 'If you have to come on, are you ready?', and I said 'Yes, I am ready'. I am still looking forward to being on the bench for a few more games, trying to do my best in the reserves and then be ready for the first team."

FINEST MOMENT

The youngster's fingertip save to deny Bolton's Robbie Blake ranked highly on his showreel for the campaign.

damian martinez 2011/12 SEASON STATS
Appearances Goals
League Two (Oxford) 1 -
Premier Reserve League 13 -
Total 14 0
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