Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez has a pretty good reason to celebrate. At the age of 27, he’s finally getting the chance to debut for the national team.
He’s included in the squad which will be facing Germany and Ecuador in two friendlies in the next international break.
Martinez has been interviewed by TNT Sports to talk about the call up, and has shown how happy he is for it.
“It’s a pride. A wish I had since childhood. Return to the Argentine national team. My father always tells me that his dream is that I wear the albiceleste shirt. I’ve been called up before by Batista. But come back and try to have some minutes, it’s a wish that I’ve had for some years,” he said (via El Intransigente).
Martinez has never hidden his ambition, especially when speaking to the media from his home country. Just last month, we covered one of his interviews in which he said his goal was to get to the national team, knowing he needed more playing time at Arsenal in order to achieve that.
In that same interview, he’s also made it clear he wants to fight to be the Gunners’ number one goalkeeper, claiming that he’s ‘equal to or better’ than Bernd Leno.
Now he’s talked a little about Arsenal again.
“It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world. It’s among the five or ten best teams in the world. Last year I was here with one of the best keepers in history, which is Petr Čech. I’m now with Leno competing for the number one of Arsenal and playing European competitions. That is something to always consider.”