Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has announced that the club have reached a verbal agreement to sign Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez on a season-long loan.
Martinez, who is currently the club’s third-choice goalkeeper behind Petr Cech and David Ospina, has made eight competitive appearances for the Arsenal first-team, including four in the Premier League last season.
The 22-year-old was named on the bench for the Community Shield victory over Chelsea, but was left out of the squad for yesterday’s Premier League defeat to West Ham United after Ospina returned to full fitness.
Martinez already has experience of Championship football having impressed during a spell with Rotherham United last season, whilst he has also previously spent time on loan at Oxford United and Sheffield Wednesday.
With Wojciech Szczesny also out on loan, Martinez’s departure will enable Matt Macey to become Arsenal’s third choice goalkeeper for this season. Macey, who had a loan spell of his own with Accrington Stanley last season, was named on the bench for two Premier League fixtures last season.
Deyan Iliev, Ryan Huddart and Hugo Keto are Arsenal’s other young goalkeepers who are on professional contracts.
Martinez is very highly regarded by the Arsenal coaching staff and was awarded with a new long-term contract last year. A good distributor of the ball who is calm under pressure, he will be seeking to develop further at Molineux this season.