Championship outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers have secured the signing of Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez on a season-long loan, after a verbal agreement with the Premier League club was reached yesterday.
The 22-year-old has returned to the second tier after having spent a short loan spell at Rotherham United at the back end of last season. The Argentine made eight appearances in the Championship for the Millers, keeping two clean sheets.
Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has expressed his delight at his club’s new signing, and talked up the experience the young goalkeeper will bring to his side.
“We are delighted to have brought Emi to the club for the season,” Jacket was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
“I have been aware of him from being in and around the Arsenal set-up for a few years and he has also has experience of the Championship from loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham.”
Martinez has previously had a loan stint at Sheffield Wednesday in the 2013/14 season, where he played 11 times for the Owls and helped them secure another season in the Championship.
The Argentine will be expected to provide competition to Wolves’ first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, and Jackett has stressed the importance of competition for places in his team, while welcoming his latest recruit.
“It is very important to have good competition among your goalkeepers not just at the start of the season but as it progresses.
“So it is good to bring Emi in right at the start and we are looking forward to working with him,” Jackett added.
Martinez joined Arsenal in 2010 and made his first team debut for the Gunners in the League Cup in September 2012. He has experience of Champions League football with his parent club, having played twice in the elite European competition last season.