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Damian Martinez: ‘Arsenal can rely on me’

October 1st, 2012

Highly-rated goalkeeper Damian Martinez has insisted that he is ready to step up his game and become an integral figure at Arsenal.

The 20-year-old made his debut for the Gunners in the 6-1 win over Coventry City in the League Cup, which led him to state his ambitions for the future.

The Argentina Under-20 international commented on Arsene Wenger’s faith in youth, claiming that he feels as though the younger players have as much of a chance in getting in the first team as the experienced professionals. When asked by Ole – an Argentinian newspaper – about his chances of breaking into the first team at The Emirates on a regular basis, the youngster said: “I am working for that. They played me and I responded well, so they know they can rely on me.

“Arsene is very professional, and is very helpful. He treats the best player and the 17-year-old lad the same way. And he has the same demands. And if he has to play the kid that is better than the veteran, he will.

Martinez also spoke about his ambitions to break into the full international setup in the future, insisting that playing in the Premier League will help Alejandro Sabella – the coach of Argentina – recognise his talents.

“I know that, being in the Premier League, one day, [Alejandro] Sabella is going to look at me.”

Martinez, who joined Arsenal from Argentinian side Independiente in 2010, has moved up the pecking order after both Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski picked up injuries.

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