On loan Reading goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has told parent club Arsenal that he will be forced to leave the Gunners, if manager Unai Emery is unable to guarantee him the chance to be the club’s first choice ‘keeper.
Martinez has been on loan at Reading since January, and has made 17 appearances for the club to help The Royals secure their Championship status for another season following an impressive second half of the season at The Madjeski Stadium.
The Argentine however, still seems to want a future at Arsenal, but only if he is to be the Premier League side’s first choice stopper, and speaking about his future at The Emirates Stadium he told The Sun: “I just want to know if they trust me. If they want to give me the chance to become number one, I will stay there, no doubt.
“Arsenal are a club of my dreams but if they can’t guarantee me any games then it’s time for me to move on.”
Asked whether he believes he could be a regular starter at Arsenal, the 26-year-old added: “I know I can be Arsenal number one. I’ve got everything to do it but I want to play games.
“I need to sit down with Unai. After the season finishes I’ll have a chat with him to see what his plans are for me.”
Martinez’ temporary move to Reading is the sixth loan spell he has had since breaking into the Arsenal squad, having previously also played in the Football League for the likes of Oxford; Rotherham; Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves while on loan from the Gunners.
Since first being included in Arsenal’s squad in 2012, Martinez has made just 14 appearances for The Gunners, where his contract does not expire for another three seasons.
It is always good to see players look for game time rather than a place on the bench at a so called bigger club.
If Martinez is to be forced to look elsewhere, then you feel he will not be short of interest, given his impressive performances during his time in the Football League.
Given how quickly he has established himself at Reading, you wouldn’t be surprised if they themselves looked for an extended deal for the Argentine.