first_img James GrayThursday 1 Aug 2019 12:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Emiliano Martinez spent last season on loan at Reading (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery looks set to hand Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez a role in the side for cup competitions after impressing in pre-season.The Gunners have twice been forced to decide friendlies by spot kicks this summer and while they lost 3-2 in the shootout to Real Madrid, they did triumph over French side Angers last night.Martinez, who also saved from Gareth Bale in the defeat to Madrid, made a superb stop from former team-mate Jeff Reine-Adelaide to hand Arsenal a 4-3 win and afterwards his manager hinted that he might have earned an increased role in the squad this season.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘His performance in the penalty shoot-out is important because maybe during the season we can have those challenges in different cup competitions, like the Europa League,’ Emery said after the Angers victory.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We need to work and try. In the last two matches away, also against Real Madrid and here against Angers, we tried to score the penalties and also gave the goalkeepers experience of saving penalties in this situation.’Petr Cech was Emery’s first-choice goalkeeper in their run to the final of the Europa League but he has now retired leaving Martinez and Englishman Matt Macey scrapping it out for second place in the pecking order behind Bernd Leno.Martinez has been at Arsenal since joining the youth team back in 2010 but has only made 14 competitive first-team appearances.Instead, the Argentine has been sent out on loan to six different clubs, most recently to Reading where he played 18 times for the first team in the Championship in the second half of the season. Unai Emery hints at prominent role for Emiliano Martinez at Arsenal this season Martinez reckons saving penalties are one of his strengths as a goalkeeper (Picture: Getty)And the 26-year-old clearly believes he has amassed enough experience to have an impact if gets a chance in a shootout when Arsenal’s season starts in earnest later this month.‘When I was on loan at different clubs, we literally studied the strikers, which side they went [for penalties] and what their strength was. I believe in my own strength, in my guessing and I just go for it,’ Martinez added.‘If I guess the right side, I’ve got a really push, so I only think about myself and I don’t care about who I’m facing. I just guess and go for it.’He added: ‘When he was coming up to the penalty spot I was saying, ‘Jeff, I know you, I know you so well’.center_img Comment Martinez impressed while on loan at Reading in the Championship last season (Picture: Getty)‘I was guessing the wrong side for the first three pens and I think for the fourth pen I forced him to miss because I waited so long for him.‘Penalty shoot-outs are one of my strengths, so I’m delighted to win today. I wanted to win against Real Madrid as well, but sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.‘The only penalty shoot-out I’ve lost in my career was against Real Madrid. I just look at myself and I know that I’m really good at it, so when I’m in a penalty shoot-out, I’m nice and relaxed because I know that I will at least save one or two.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more