Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez has once again revealed his desire to return to Independiente when his time at the Emirates comes to an end.
The goalkeeper has been with the Gunners since 2010 after arriving at the club in a £1.35m deal from Independiente’s Under 20s.
His ten years at the club have mostly seen him spend time out on loan, with spells at Oxford, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Wolves, Getafe and Reading so far.
This year has seen him establish himself in the Arsenal first team squad, though, with 11 appearances in the Europa League, FA Cup and EFL Cup thus far.
At 27-years-old, he still has several years left at the Emirates, although he naturally does have one eye on the future.
He’s already talked about a return to his first club on several occasions this year and added to that again with his latest comments.
However, it seems he won’t be joined by Arsenal teammate Lucas Torreira in making the switch.
“I find it difficult to convince him to go to Independiente because he’s a Boca fan. You can see all the games,” TNT Sports report him saying.
“It’s good that there are more South Americans, to have more people who are similar to your culture.
“For many years they were from France, Germany or England and now having more South Americans helps a lot.
“If there’s one club I’d go to in Argentina, it’s Independiente. I’d never say no to them; I’m very grateful.
“I always had the bitter taste of not being able to make my debut in Primera before going to Europe.”