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Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has admitted that he is open to a move away from the Emirates as he looks for more first-team football.
Having been at the club for nine years, the Argentine stopper has found his opportunities limited.
He has made a total of 17 appearances for the club, with six coming in the Premier League.
And Martinez has now told Clarin that he may leave unless he is not offered more first-team chances, and insists he was told by Arsene Wenger that he would be first-choice, prior to the Frenchman’s departure.
“He [Wenger] always trusted me,” the goalkeeper said.
“Beyond his departure, people stayed in the club that already knew me. When I renewed with Wenger, he told me that I was going to be the number one at Arsenal.
“Unai Emery, the current coach, wanted to see me and was very surprised with me. In fact, I stayed because I knew I had real chances; otherwise, I would have gone to play somewhere else.
“London is very nice, I’m comfortable, but I’m not staying in comfort. And if I had to go somewhere else to play, I would do it.”
Martinez has not found himself as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper at any stage during his time at the club.
Since joining from Club Atlético Independiente in 2010, the 27-year-old has only played Premier League football during two out of the nine seasons he’s spent at the Emirates and has had six respective loan spells in that time with various Championship and European clubs.
The Argentine has never played more than four Premier League games in a season, during the 2014/15 campaign.
Despite a good performance during Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in September, it appears that Martinez has been led down the garden path due to the change of management in 2018.
As a result, it would be best for both parties to part ways.
With the quality at Martinez possesses, he is more than capable of playing in one of the top European leagues.