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Emiliano Martinez is hoping to return to the Emirates after his loan spell at Getafe as a better player.
The Argentine shot-stopper recently completed a move to Getafe for the rest of his season and he is hoping it will prepare him for the task of being Arsenal’s future first choice goalie.
Martinez who spent last season behind Petr Cech and David Ospina was expected to stay as back up to Cech this season but the opportunity of playing regularly at Getafe was too much for him and the club to turn down.
He is now hoping to return as a better player next year to challenge Cech for the No.1 spot.
“I’ve always wanted to improve,” Martinez told Arsenal Player, as quoted by the Daily Cannon. “It’s never enough for me. My kicking is good but I want to have the perfection of a goalkeeper, even on crosses. I know I’m good on crosses but I still do 50 crosses in training.
“Gerry [Peyton] says, ‘Last one’, and I will do three more. I look what I can do and what I can improve with the other goalkeepers. I’m always trying to improve myself. If you want to play for Arsenal or be at the top level for many years, that’s what you need to do.
“It’s in my blood to train hard. When you’re not in the squad and you have to train the day after, sometimes it’s hard because you want to be involved in the team and you want to play. I always tell myself, ‘The chance will come and I won’t let it run’. That’s what keeps me going and motivated all the time.
“I came from nothing and I’m at Arsenal now, one of the biggest clubs in the world, but I’m never satisfied. I was third choice fighting for second spot, so maybe the season after I will fight for No 1. You always need to give more at Arsenal. It’s never enough and that’s what I try to do.”
The move to Getafe will definitely give Martinez the much needed experience to play a key role at Arsenal in the future. He is certain to be one of La Liga ‘s busiest goalkeepers next season and if he can handle the pressure well, it will put him in a good position to make an impact at the Emirates when he returns.
Hopefully, the opportunity of playing regularly in Spain won’t get into his head like it did with Szczesny who later completed a permanent move to Juventus.
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