Martinez starts in Community Shield ahead of Leno

Emiliano Martinez starts ahead of Bernd Leno in Arsenal’s clash against Liverpool in today’s Community Shield. 

The Argentine’s future has been heavily debated over the last few months and he has made it clear that he would leave the club if he didn’t get to play regularly. Mikel Arteta and his staff consider Bernd Leno Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper and it is understood that the club are open to selling Martinez this summer as a result of Leno returning to full fitness, according to Adam Crafton of The Athletic.

The Arsenal goalkeeper was expected to miss the game against Liverpool today as he was believed to be in quarantine. It is understood that he has completed his quarantine. Arteta is making a statement by starting Martinez and will no doubt attract a lot of attention to the question of who Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper will be this season.

Aston Villa are preparing a £10 million bid for Martinez as they look to sign a first choice goalkeeper this summer but the Gunners are believed to value the player at £20 million, according to Miguel Delaney of the Independent.  

Irrespective of who wins the battle to be Arsenal’s starting goalkeeper, the Gunners will have a great shot stopper in goal but will likely have to sell the player that is deemed the club’s second choice keeper.

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