Petr Cech deserves to be amongst the conversation when discussing the greatest ever Premier League goalkeepers.
For fifteen years he has been at the vanguard of the competition, and his prowess was one of the big reasons why Chelsea crushed all before them between 2005-07. Cech was at his unpassable best, but his trophy haul is even more intimidating.
We didn’t get Cech at his best, but a keeper of his quality is still a fantastic addition even when operating slightly under capacity. The Czech stopper has always been a great servant during his time as a Gunner, and now he is in his final year, we can look back on a great contribution from the veteran.
The question is though – who comes in as our Number 2?
A back up to the bona fide first choice stopper used to be a real cinch of a position. Turn up for training, rock up on the weekend as part of the squad, sit on the bench and collect your money. Called upon in times of injury only, the stand-in was needed far less than today’s incarnation.
So choosing who stands next in line behind Bernd Leno is a big decision.
The time seems to be right for Emi Martinez.
The Argentinean keeper has been at Arsenal since 2012 but has made only 6 appearances in our shirt in that time. He has had six loan spells too, and his latest at Reading is excellent evidence that the Argentinean is more than ready to step up to the plate.
Man of the match awards and more appearances already than during any of his previous loan spells, this loan with the Royals has coincided with a sharp improvement in the clubs results. In short, Martinez has been mightily impressive.
The modern makeup of a number 2 means that they take the gloves for cup competitions, and so the keeper in question must shoulder plenty of responsibility. Martinez has acquired lots of experience in his many loan spells and it also means we have a ready-made replacement to step in and take Cech’s place.
Cech has been a great for us, and thankfully, we have a keeper to take his place in the squad when he hangs them up. No need for an expensive transfer, Martinez is our man.