Emi - 'All my hard work paid off'

Emi Martinez was delighted after marking his first Premier League appearance of the season with victory and a clean sheet.

The Argentine goalkeeper took his place between the posts against West Ham following injuries to Petr Cech and David Ospina, and showed no signs of rustiness in a composed performance.

"When they told me I was playing two days ago, all the hard work, all the extra hours in training that I put into the pitch - that’s what I did today,” the 24 year old told Arsenal Player after the game. "I felt comfortable, we played brilliant football and obviously I’m delighted for the win and for the clean sheet as well.”

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It was only Emi’s 12th first-team appearance for the club since joining in 2010, and his first in the Premier League since 2014, but the goalkeeper said his three games in the EFL Cup this term helped him settle into the side.

"Yes, it does help. Obviously I train with them every single day as well, so I know how they play, who I need to give the ball to. When Granit or Mo come to get the ball you’re confident because you get to see them every day.

"Like I said, I’m delighted with the win. I think I’ve done my job properly and let’s move on."

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