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Leeds and Blackburn dealt transfer blow with Arsenal man set to stay put

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Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez will be staying with Gunners for the coming season, meaning disappointment for the likes of Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers.

Both clubs were interested in bringing in the goalkeeper to their respective clubs, but according to the Sun, the Gunners will keep Martinez at the Emirates with no solid cash offers on the table for the 26-year-old.

Martinez has never managed to quite make the jump into the first-team for Arsenal on a regular basis and a plethora of loan spells have followed, with his most recent spell with Championship side Reading proving to be a successful stint away from the club.

However, the Royals don’t appear to be coming back in for the Argentinian stopper, and with Leeds and Blackburn both unwilling to stump up the money for Martinez, it looks like he is going to be staying in the Premier League for the foreseeable future.

Leeds are looking to add to their goalkeeping ranks with doubts still hanging over the futures of both Kiko Casilla and Bailey Peacock-Farrell, while Blackburn are seeking a replacement for David Raya, who made the move to Brentford earlier in the transfer window.

The Verdict

This is a real shame for all involved really, and means Martinez will more than likely be sat just twiddling his thumbs for another season.

He is too good to be sat doing nothing and he proved with Reading last year that he has what it takes to be a quality goalkeeper at a good level.

I’d not be massively surprised to see something come to light around Martinez soon though, and a move could very much still happen, even if it’s not to Leeds or Rovers.

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