Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta shelves goalkeeper transfer plans due to form of Emiliano Martinez

first_imgAdvertisement Martinez has deputised for Leno in his absence (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has been convinced by Emiliano Martinez there is no need to dip into the market for a new back-up goalkeeper, reports say.The Arsenal boss was planning a shake-up of his goalkeeping department this summer, but the injury to Bernd Leno has given Arteta a close-up look at Martinez’s capabilities.Since coming on for the injured Leno in a defeat to Brighton, Martinez has started Arsenal’s last four Premier League games, claiming a hat-trick of clean sheets before conceding a goal against Leicester on Tuesday.The Mirror claim Arteta was plotting the addition of a new challenger for Leno, with Martinez expected to leave the club in search of regular football.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Martinez has impressed the Arsenal boss and Arteta now wants the 27-year-old to stay and continue to push to take over from Leno.Arsenal’s No.1 goalkeeper is set to miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury, but could still return to full training before the campaign concludes. Advertisement Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta shelves goalkeeper transfer plans due to form of Emiliano Martinez Coral BarryFriday 10 Jul 2020 7:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares Arteta faces a difficult transfer window (Picture: Getty)Martinez has been full of praise for Arteta in recent weeks and revealed the Gunners coach had an uncompromising approach to team selection. ‘You’re in or you’re out, you’re with him or without him, and there’s no discussion on that,’ he said. ‘We know that if we want to play and we want to be at this football club, we have to be on board.‘That’s good for the team because no one can relax. If you relax, you don’t train properly or you don’t perform like he wants you to, you’re out.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You have to follow him and that’s what we’re trying to do now.’Arteta is in for a difficult summer of transfers after the coronavirus pandemic left its mark on Arsenal’s finances.The club have told Arteta to focus on securing free transfers and possible swap deals rather than bank on any big-money deals.MORE: Jeremie Aliadiere sends warning to Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi over his attitudeMORE: Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn pours doubt over Matteo Guendouzi joining BarcelonaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentlast_img

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *