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Emiliano Martinez has revealed he had offers to leave Arsenal in the past but chose to stay put because of Wenger.
The Argentine goalkeeper is currently third choice behind Petr Cech and David Ospina but recently signed a new long term contract.
Despite his limited chances of playing regularly, the goalie has revealed he is happy to stay at the Emirates.
Shortly after signing a contract renewal, it was thought that he will be going out on loan but Wenger rejected all offers for the 24 year old, insisting he is the future of Arsenal.
And Martinez says he has been boosted by Wenger’s comments.
“It’s amazing that Arsene Wenger, one of the best coaches in the world, believes I’m the future of Arsenal, He said, as quoted by Daily Star.
“Just as amazing as having my contract renewed for six more years at the club.
“Wenger is very well-respected. He’s not only the head coach here, he also built Arsenal. He helped buy the stadium.
“Everybody calls him ‘boss’, from the kit manager to the owner of the club. He seems distant, but he’s always available to talk. It’s impressive.
“Cech is a great goalkeeper, he has a lot of stories, he’s in the top 10 in the world. We get along, he also says I’m the future of the club.
“Also Ospina, he’s such a professional! He’s a great guy and friend. I usually have dinner at his house, and I learn a lot from him.
“It’s an honour that the coach gives me the possibility to be the goalkeeper in a tournament [the EFL Cup], when he has those two.”
“Why would I play anywhere else when I’m a goalkeeper at Arsenal? What’s more, having Wenger say that I’m the future [means a lot].
“I may leave when I’m older. I was offered to go to other teams in England and Spain, but Arsenal wouldn’t let me go. They want me here and I want to stay.”
Martinez has featured in just three EFL cup games for Arsenal this season and has made only four league appearances in 2012.
At 24, he still has enough time ahead of him, he just needs to be patient and take his opportunity when the time comes.
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