Damian Martinez happy to have a first team chance.
Arsenal reserve goalkeeper Damian Martinez is enjoying his run in the Gunners’ first team following an injury to Wojciech Szczesny, report the Daily Mail, after the Argentine considered moving on in the summer after failing to break into Arsene Wenger’s plans on a regular basis.
With Martinez having played third fiddle to Szczesny and fellow Pole Lukasz Fabianski over recent seasons, he will have been disappointed to see Wenger sign Colombian international David Ospina to challenge for the first team position, but the former Nice man has been injured for almost his entire Arsenal career, allowing Martinez to step into the limelight.
He has kept two clean sheets, against West Bromwich Albion and Southampton, since coming in to the team to replace Szczesny and is now looking to the future and a possible long term tilt at the first choice berth:
“I spoke to my agent and my family about it and they said ‘let’s wait one year to see if you get the opportunity, don’t rush it.'”
“I was still young – I was only 21, I just turned 22 – and I think I did good to stay here. I got the opportunity that my agent and family told me, so I am really pleased about that.”
“Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world so I am in no rush to leave. I love this club.”