Emiliano Martínez

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Emiliano Martínez
Damian Martinez.jpg
Martínez with Arsenal in 2015
Personal information
Full name Damián Emiliano Martínez Romero[1]
Date of birth (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Mar Del Plata, Argentina
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)[3]
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 26
Youth career
2008–2010 Independiente
2010–2012 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Arsenal 15 (0)
2012Oxford United (loan) 1 (0)
2013–2014Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 11 (0)
2015Rotherham United (loan) 8 (0)
2015–2016Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 13 (0)
2017–2018Getafe (loan) 5 (0)
2019Reading (loan) 18 (0)
National team
2009 Argentina U17 2 (0)
2009–2011 Argentina U20 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:51, 26 July 2020 (UTC)

Damián Emiliano Martínez Romero (born 2 September 1992) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Arsenal.

Club career[edit]

Martínez in 2018 before an International Champions Cup game

Independiente[edit]

Born in Mar Del Plata, Martínez started his career playing for Independiente.[4]

Arsenal[edit]

Early loans[edit]

After injuries to Ryan Clarke and Wayne Brown, and the termination of Connor Ripley's loan, Martínez went on emergency loan to Oxford United where he made his début in the English Football League in their final game of the season against Port Vale in League Two on 5 May 2012;[5][6] Port Vale won 3–0.[7][8]

League Cup appearances with Arsenal[edit]

Martinez has been named on the Arsenal substitute bench for their fixtures away at Stoke City on 26 August 2012 and against Liverpool on 2 September 2012 as Wojciech Szczęsny and Łukasz Fabiański were injured at the time and at Southampton on 1 January 2013. On 26 September 2012, he made his Arsenal début in a 3rd Round League Cup tie at home to Coventry City.[9] He then made his second Arsenal appearance in the following round in a 7–5 win away at Reading in which Arsenal were 4–0 down.[10]

Loan to Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

On 15 October 2013, Martínez transferred to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on an emergency 28-day loan agreement.[11] On 14 November 2013 Arsenal announced that the loan agreement had been extended until 1 January 2014.[12] Martínez made his debut for Wednesday on 23 November 2013 against Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town. The loan was extended to the end of the season soon after.

Fringe appearances with Arsenal[edit]

Martínez was an unused substitute as Arsenal won the Community Shield on 10 August 2014, with a 3–0 win over Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.[13] He made his Arsenal debut in the Champions League group stage match against Anderlecht, which ended in a 2–1 win to Arsenal.[14] He then made his Premier League debut as a 2nd half substitute, replacing the injured Szczęsny against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.[15]

Because of the injuries of Szczęsny and David Ospina, Martínez was made starting keeper against Borussia Dortmund on 26 November at the Emirates, keeping a clean sheet as Arsenal won 2–0.[16] His "faultless" performance in the match led to him being named in that week's UEFA team of the week.[17] He made his first Premier League start on 29 November against West Brom, which was followed by his second Premier League start against Southampton just four days later. He kept two clean sheets as Arsenal won both matches 1–0.[18][19]

Loan to Rotherham United[edit]

On 20 March 2015, Martínez joined Championship club Rotherham United on an emergency loan until the end of the season.[20] He made his debut the following day against South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday, conceding two added-time goals in a 3–2 home defeat.[21]

Further fringe appearances with Arsenal[edit]

On 2 August 2015, Martínez was an unused substitute as new signing Petr Čech played for Arsenal in the 2015 FA Community Shield, a 1–0 win over rivals Chelsea.[22] On 11 August, he joined Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan.[23]

On 5 April 2017, Martinez made his first league start of the 2016–17 season as Arsenal beat West Ham 3–0.[24]

Loan to Getafe[edit]

On 2 August 2017, he was loaned to La Liga side Getafe CF on a one-year deal.[25]

Loan to Reading[edit]

On 23 January 2019, he was loaned to Championship side Reading until the end of the season.[26] He made his debut on 29 January against Bolton. A few days later he won man of the match against Aston Villa.

Arsenal starter[edit]

With Bernd Leno being taken off injured during the first half of Arsenal's defeat to Brighton on 20 June 2020, Martinez came off the bench to make his first Premier League appearance since the 2016–17 season.[27] This led to Martinez seeing out the season as first choice goalkeeper at the club and was highly commended for a string of stellar performances,[28][29] with former Arsenal striker Ian Wright describing him as commanding and as having played brilliantly during this spell in the team.[30] On 1 August 2020, Martinez was selected to start in the FA Cup Final against Chelsea, he went on to make some crucial saves to help Arsenal win their 14th FA Cup; after lifting the trophy he was visibly emotional and reduced to tears.[31][32]

International career[edit]

He was called up to the Argentina senior squad to replace Óscar Ustari to face Nigeria in June 2011.[33] He received his second senior call up against Germany and Ecuador on 9 and 13 October 2019,[34] he was an unused substitute for both friendly matches.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Martinez is currently sponsored by Puma.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 1 August 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2011–12[37] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[38] Premier League 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
2013–14[39] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[40] Premier League 4 0 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 6 0
2015–16[41] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17[42] Premier League 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
2017–18[43] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018–19[44] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 1 0
2019–20[45] Premier League 9 0 6 0 2 0 6[c] 0 23 0
Total 15 0 6 0 7 0 9 0 37 0
Oxford United (loan) 2011–12[37] League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2013–14[39] Championship 11 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Rotherham United (loan) 2014–15[40] Championship 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 2015–16[41] Championship 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 15 0
Getafe (loan) 2017–18[43] La Liga 5 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Reading (loan) 2018–19 Championship 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Career total 70 0 12 0 9 0 9 0 101 0
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Arsenal

Argentina

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Emiliano Martínez: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b "E. Martínez". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Emiliano Martínez seizes chance at Arsenal to make sacrifices worthwhile". The Guardian. 30 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Oxford United sign Arsenal keeper Damian Martinez on loan". BBC Sport. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Martinez joins Oxford on emergency loan". Arsenal FC. 4 May 2012. Archived from the original on 7 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Port Vale 3 Oxford Utd 0". BBC Sport. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Loan Watch: Wellington scores for Alcoyano". Arsenal FC. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Arsenal 6–1 Coventry". BBC Sport. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Games played by Emiliano Martínez in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Arsenal talent joins Owls". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Martinez extends loan deal with Owls | News Archive". Arsenal F.C. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  13. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (10 August 2014). "Arsenal 3–0 Man City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  14. ^ "RSC Anderlecht 1–2 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Wilshere & Szczesny forced out of Manchester United clash as injury strikes Arsenal". Goal.com. 22 November 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  16. ^ Chowdhury, Saj. "Arsenal 2–0 Borussia Dortmund". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  17. ^ "UEFA.com's team of the week – UEFA Champions League". UEFA. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  18. ^ Reddy, Luke (29 November 2014). "West Bromwich Albion 0–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  19. ^ McNulty, Phil. "Arsenal 1–0 Southampton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  20. ^ "Emiliano Martinez and Lawrie Wilson join Rotherham on loan". BBC Sport. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  21. ^ "Rotherham 2–3 Sheff Wed". BBC Sport. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  22. ^ Cryer, Andy (2 August 2015). "Arsenal 1–0 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  23. ^ "Martinez Deal Completed". Wolverhampton Wanderers. 11 August 2015. Archived from the original on 1 October 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  24. ^ "Arsenal 3–0 West Ham United". BBC Sport. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  25. ^ "Emiliano Martínez cedido al Getafe" [Emiliano Martínez loaned to Getafe] (in Spanish). Getafe CF. 2 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  26. ^ "Emi Martinez joins Reading on loan". arsenal.com. Arsenal FC. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  27. ^ "Brighton 2-1 Arsenal: Maupay stuns Gunners with late winner". 20 June 2020 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  28. ^ Meade, Sam (14 July 2020). "Mikel Arteta hails Emiliano Martinez with warning to Bernd Leno over No.1 spot". mirror.
  29. ^ Jacob, Gary. "From Argentina to Wembley via six loan spells – how Emiliano Martínez took his chance as Arsenal No 1" – via www.thetimes.co.uk.
  30. ^ "'Martinez is better than Kepa, Chelsea could get him' – Wright fears goalkeeper raid on Arsenal". www.goal.com.
  31. ^ a b McNulty, Phil (1 August 2020). "Arsenal 2–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  32. ^ "Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez breaks down in tears after FA Cup final". talksport.com. 1 August 2020.
  33. ^ "Martinez called up to full Argentina squad | News Archive". Arsenal F.C. 2 June 2011. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  34. ^ "Internationals: Martinez named in Argentina squad". arsenal.com. Arsenal FC. 8 October 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  35. ^ "Internationals: Pepe scores for Ivory Coast". arsenal.com. Arsenal FC. 14 October 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  36. ^ "Delighted to have signed a new contract with @pumafootball". Twitter.
  37. ^ a b "Games played by Emiliano Martínez in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  38. ^ "Games played by Emiliano Martínez in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  39. ^ a b "Games played by Emiliano Martínez in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  40. ^ a b "Games played by Emiliano Martínez in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  41. ^ a b "Games played by Damian Emiliano Martinez in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  42. ^ "Games played by Damian Emiliano Martinez in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  43. ^ a b "Games played by Damian Emiliano Martinez in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  44. ^ "Games played by Damian Emiliano Martinez in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  45. ^ "Emiliano Martinez | Football Stats | Arsenal | Age 27 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  46. ^ "Argentina se lleva el 'Superclásico' con un gol de Messi en el debut de Rodrygo". COPE (in Spanish). 15 November 2019. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  47. ^ "Brazil 0–1 Argentina: Lionel Messi scores on international return". BBC Sport. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 6 December 2019.

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