Martinez officially promoted to first-team squad and given new shirt number

Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has officially been promoted to the Arsenal first-team squad for the new season.

Scott Heavey/GettyImages Europe

Scott Heavey/GettyImages Europe

The 21 year old joined Arsenal in 2010 and is the club’s third-choice shot-stopper behind Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina. In the absence of Ospina he was on the bench for the Community Shield victory over Manchester City on Sunday.

Martinez, who has been given the number 26 shirt for the new season, spent the majority of the 2013/14 campaign on loan at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, for whom he made 11 league appearances, and also had a temporary stint with Oxford United in 2012.

The tall goalkeeper has represented his country at U20 level and has made two competitive first-team appearances for Arsenal to date, both of which came in the Capital One Cup during the 2012/13 campaign. He was especially impressive in pre-season this Summer.

There could yet be further promotions to the first-team squad in the next few weeks, with Hector Bellerin and Ignasi Miquel also on the fringes of the senior set-up.




  1. Ignasi Miquel’s promotion to first team may be short lived. His contract is unlikely to be renewed. Rumours that AFC are on the lookout for a central defender and the fact that he was overlooked for the position of left sided centre half in favour of a left back are a strong indication that the writing is on the wall for his career at AFC.

  2. hi, who are you expecting to be involved on Friday against reading? im guessing Martinez Miguel bellerin etc will still with the first team squad?

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