- Emi Martinez has spent 8 years of his Arsenal career on loan before his breakthrough appearance last two month.
- Despite the first choice keeper, Bernd Leno returning back to fitness, its believed Emi Martinez will still protect Arsenal’s goal post against Chelsea today.
- Winning the FA Cup trophy will serve as a major boost to Emi Martinez career and Arsenal’s transfer budget.
The 27-year-old has taken the time to reflect on his past memories as Arsenal prepare to battle Chelsea tonight for the FA Cup trophy.
Arsenal are awaiting their fate tonight when they face Blues for the FA trophy after thrashing Manchester City in the semis to go through into the final before Chelsea’s victory against Man United.
Prior to this game, Arsenal first choice keeper, Bernd Leno had to be forced out of games by a ‘moderate ligament sprain’ for long benched Emi Martinez to be presented with an opportunity that he has managed to utilize to a full advantage.
Termed the best replacement in EPL, Emi Martinez will still replace Leno against Chelsea today despite the German’s recovery and return to training.Embed from Getty Images
Following an interview Martinez had with the Club official website, he disclosed how emotional it was when he heard the final whistle while they were leading against City, reflecting to the sufferings he had to go through with his parents and the sacrifices it took him to make it to the point he is at this point.
“It was a bit emotional [when the final whistle went in the semi-final],” Martinez said.
“Not because we beat City, who for me are one of the best teams in Europe right now, but more because of how much I have been fighting to play in a final with the club I love.”Embed from Getty Images
“It has been 10 years since I joined the club and at the final whistle everything goes through your head. I wish the fans and my family would be here for the final, obviously with 90,000 or 80,000 people in Wembley, something you don’t play every day.
“I wish my whole family was there [on Saturday]. Like I said, we came from a poor, poor family and for them to see me there winning a trophy in front of 90,000 people and getting a medal would be something.
“I remember for my Champions League debut against Anderlecht, [my Dad] flew 27 hours to reach that game and he was crying all 95 minutes!” he added.Embed from Getty Images
“I am so far away from home. Because of lockdown, I have not seen my mum and dad for a year. It will be tough, but I will be thinking about them when I play.
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“I remember the day that me and my brother ate and not my mum and dad. So I know exactly what they’ve been through. I was living in Buenos Aires and I would only see them twice a month, when I travelled, because they couldn’t afford the petrol to go and see me. So I know what they did for me to reach the top where I am now.”
- Source: Arsenal
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