Martinez thinks he can make it at Arsenal

Emi Martinez says he still believes he can be Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper – despite making only 11 senior appearances since joining the club in 2010.

The Argentinean is currently behind Petr Cech and David Ospina in the pecking order, while Wojciech Szczesny is out on loan at Roma this season.

Martinez did, however, start all three of the Gunners’ League Cup games this season, against Nottingham Forest, Reading and Southampton.

In the 2014-15 season, he played four Premier League games and also started in the Champions League against Anderlecht and Borussia Dortmund.

But his experience has largely been gained away from the Emirates, with loan spells at Oxford, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham and Wolves.

Martinez feels he can make it at Arsenal though, telling the club’s website: “I’ve always been positive.

“When I came here, I had eight goalkeepers in front of me and that’s when I thought, ‘It’s going to be a long journey’.

“I always believe in myself. I was a big player at my former club in Argentina so I can be a big player here.

“I believe in that and I won’t stop until I’m the Arsenal number one.

“Arsenal is like a family. It’s my club and I’ve been here for seven years so it feels like home.

“I’m here early for breakfast and I’m one of the last to leave. I really enjoy it here so that’s the reason why I have to be positive.

“There’s nothing to be afraid of. One of the best things in the world is to play for a big club.

“It’s every kid’s dream so I’ve just got to enjoy the fact that I’m playing for a big club.”

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