Arsenal have splashed the cash on an array of attacking talent in recent seasons. £32 million here, £30 million there - and all to make them one of the most potent forces at home and abroad once more. Too bad then, they'll have an inexperienced youngster between the posts at the other end of the pitch in their Champions League showdown with Anderlecht who cost absolutely nothing.
Step forward Emiliano Martinez. With Wojciech Szczęsny suspended and David Ospina out injured, it will be up to the untested 22-year-old goalkeeper to help Arsenal get their Champions League campaign back on track tomorrow night in Belgium.
Some (ok, most) Arsenal fans will be scratching their heads and asking the question - who is Emiliano Martinez?
The Argentinian international arrived at Arsenal back in 2010 having featured for his country's U20 side, and made his first senior appearance two years later against Coventry in the Capital One Cup. He also turned out in the now infamous 7-5 win against Reading later on that year.
He was shipped out on emergency loan twice - to Oxford and Sheffield Wednesday - but now he's back and hoping to make a big impression. He'll certainly have the chance to do just that tomorrow.
Of course there's one big question remaining; is he any good? Well here's one way of answering that question (Martinez is in the background):
He wasn't convincing in the Reading game either. Ok, he was terrible:
Still, that was a good couple of years ago now, there's no way he could be any worse, right? Anderlecht have looked a little impotent in their Champions League games so far and have only mustered one goal while shipping four, however the fact that he will have a threadbare defence in front of him won't exactly inspire confidence. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will hope his strong attacking line up can take the game to their Belgian rivals and limit their attempts on goal.
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