Arsenal secure Argentine starlet

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Arsenal have secured the availability of young keeper Emilio Damián Martínez after the Argentine was granted a work permit.

The 17-year-old stopper signed for the Gunners following a trial last August, but has only just received the permit that makes him available for Arsenal U18s next season and higher if needed.

Arsenal blog site Young Guns had previously revealed that Arsene Wenger had landed the Argentine U17 international, who returned to parent club Independiente following his initial signing.

The Gunners then invited Martinez back to north London a few months back, confident that they would be able to secure the necessary paperwork for the talented teenager.

Martinez becomes available as of July 1st, and is expected to become the number one next season for the Academy side. He will also be available at the higher levels should Frenchman Wenger decide to promote the stopper through the ranks.

A behind-closed-doors debut for the Gunners against Colorado Rapids is thought to have taken place in March, and Martinez now holds an incentive-based contract in the region of £1.3 million.

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