Argentine youngster ready to take Arsenal chance

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Arsenal goalkeeper Damian Martinez says he is ready for action should current No.1 Vito Mannone be unavailable for the weekend encounter with Norwich.

Martinez will be on the bench at Carrow Road having enjoyed a rapid rise at Arsenal as both Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski continue to struggle with injury.

The 20-year-old Argentine has, for the majority of the campaign, found himself as Arsene Wenger's second choice 'keeper given the problems of his more experienced counterparts - something he did not expect would happen.

Mannone has impressed in goal for Arsenal so far this term, but Martinez ensures Gunners fans that he will be ready to step up, should the Italian also be forced into the treatment room.

"The English Premier League is the best in the world. I have adapted very well here and it truly is amazing," he told

"The best thing is the high level of football, pitches here are perfect. It's unbelievable and I hope to stay in this league for as long as I can.

"[At Norwich City on Saturday] I think I'm going to be on the bench, but the possibility of playing from the start is always there. I'm prepared for that.

"I have shown that I can play at the top level even at my age. It is the manager's decision and I have to wait for that moment to come.

"Despite the fact that I've just turned 20, I think I'm progressing well and I'm taking solid steps forward. I hope to keep playing here."

Martinez has made only one first-team appearance for Arsenal - coming in the 6-1 triumph over Coventry City in the Capital One Cup in September - and is likely to feature more prominently as the Gunners progress in the competition.

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