Emi - This is a such big step for me

Emiliano Martinez says his new contract is a big step in his journey to becoming our No 1 goalkeeper.

The Argentinian stopper agreed a new deal on Thursday after helping us reach the League Cup quarter-finals this season, and is delighted to commit his future to the club.

“It feels amazing to be honest,” the 24-year-old told Arsenal Player. “I’ve been here for six or seven years already and to have the opportunity to sign a new deal is a great achievement for me and my family.

“This is a big step for me, signing a new deal for Arsenal, training every day with big goalkeepers, big players and I feel like I’m one of them now. I really want to reach the top level.

“Arsenal means everything to me. I grew up here, I learnt English here and I’ve got everything in the UK. I love this club and I want to be the No 1 goalkeeper here for many years.

“Since I signed for this club, Gerry Peyton told me that I had great talent and that I was the future. I think this moment is now and I’m trying to push forward. The boss is giving me the League Cup and I’m trying to prove myself, to show the fans and everyone how good I am.

“It’s not just about playing well in a game, it’s about being the first one to arrive and the last one to leave training too. I’m one of them, which is why my future is here.”

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