Damian Martinez is not the answer…yet
Damian Martinez had only conceded two goals in his previous five Arsenal appearances before the visit to Stoke, with three clean sheets in succession, and there has been a murmur, and that’s all it has been, that he could hang onto the No.1 position.
The Argentine has looked composed since being drafted into replace the injured Wojciech Szczesny, although he has hardly faced a stern examination, and a visit to the Britannia Stadium could have been a make or break game for him.
There have been worse Arsenal goalkeeper performances at Stoke over the years, but Martinez’s display was certainly more break than make. His lack of dominance in the box resulted in yet more confusion in the Arsenal ranks, and he struggled to cope with regular bombardment.
He will have been disappointed to be deceived so easily by Peter Crouch, hardly fleet of foot, for Stoke’s opener while his blushes were spared somewhat when a fourth goal, scored by Bojan, was ruled out.
The 22-year-old was beaten too easily at his near post, and was deemed favourably to have been put off by an ‘interfering’ Mame Biram Diouf. Martinez still looks a decent prospect but there is reason he is Arsenal’s third choice goalkeeper, and Szczesny will resume duties for the trip to Galatasaray.