Emiliano Martinez’s fine recent performances for Arsenal look set to be rewarded, with the club reportedly hoping to tie the goalkeeper to a new deal.
The 27-year-old Argentinean had barely featured for the Gunners before the latter end of this campaign after being sent out on numerous loans since he first joined in 2011.
But since Bernd Leno suffered a season-ending injury in the 2-1 defeat to Brighton in June Martinez has stepped up to the plate, and has put in a series of impressive showings.
He helped his side to an FA Cup win on Saturday after making a number of decent stops, and was visibly emotional at full-time.
Emiliano Martinez poses with his FA Cup winners’ medal (Image: Getty Images)
According to The Sun, Arsenal want Martinez to join star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in extending his stay at the club as a result of his fine form.
It is believed he will first seek assurances of his chances of regular football, however, and is worried he will return to the bench permanently when Leno is fit again.
Martinez broke down in tears following the weekend’s 2-1 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final, and lauded Aubameyang for his role in the victory.
“I cant really talk,” he told BBC. “I said to him [Aubameyang] before the game, youre going to win us the game because you are our captain. And he did it.
“Regarding my family, I cant talk.”
Martinez was hugely emotional at full-time in the final (Image: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Aubameyang’s future is still very much up in the air, with his contract set to expire at the end of next season.
It is believed that Aubameyang is not hugely motivated by money, and that he would be more inclined to stay were he to see Arsenal going in the right direction rather than were he to receive a huge pay rise.
He may, therefore, wait to see what new signings the club bring in before making a final decision.