Emiliano Martinez stakes claim for regular Arsenal starting spot

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Arsenal have climbed up to sixth place in the Premier League table after their 1-0 victory over Southampton on Wednesday evening as their slow but sure rise towards the Champions League places gathers pace.

Back-to-back league victories over the Saints and West Bromwich Albion have given them a welcoming ladder to climb the table with, and goals from Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck in those games have nail bitingly edged the Gunners higher up the table, yet nobody is looking at the other end of the pitch.

Is it just me that has noticed Emiliano Martinez's impressive record in between the sticks at the Emirates? With three consecutive clean sheets in all competitions, his presence in the team has gone somewhat unnoticed by the fans of Arsenal and any other football fan for that matter.

It is a given that he didn't have a great deal to do in the trio of ties, but clean sheets will be warmly welcomed by Gunners fans due to their prior defensive miseries. 15 goals have been leaked in the league by Arsenal's defence which was an alarming issue as pointed out by many pundits.

Due to the injury of Wojciech Szczesny in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in November paired with the absence of summer signing David Ospina have led to the services of former Sheffield Wednesday loanee Emiliano Martinez being required.

However, despite the upcoming return of Szczesny, Arsene Wenger will have a plaguing thought in his mind with the success of his reserve goalkeeper having kept three clean sheets in consecutive games. This could lead to the Spaniard deputising on a more regular basis if the boss decides to go with a more comfortable option.

But Arsenal fans shouldn't get too excited. Their 7-5 Capital One Cup tie against Reading a few years ago will still be fresh in the minds of north Londoners, where Martinez featured. 

He may not have had the most eye catching of performances in that fixture, but times have changed for the 22-year-old as his goalkeeping prowess has materialised.

Subsequent to recording a third clean sheet, Martinez explained "I am comfortable playing behind Per and Laurent. They know what they are doing and they have a lot of experience. I hope they can help me progress here."

With a trip to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City approaching, the Polish number one looks set to be absent once again, and while David Ospina may be fit, Wenger may opt to go with a more in-form performed in Martinez.

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