Published On: Sat, Jun 20th, 2020

Arsenal’s Emi Martinez ready to seize chance after ‘devastating’ Bernd Leno injury | Football | Sport

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Emi Martinez says he was devastated by the injury suffered by Arsenal team-mate Bernd Leno in the 2-1 defeat to Brighton.

Martinez has spent much of the season watching on from the bench as Leno cemented his place as Arsenal’s No 1 goalkeeper with a series of fine displays.

But the Argentine was thrust into action in the cruelest of circumstances at the Amex Stadium on Saturday when Leno was forced off with serious knee injury following a collision with Neal Maupay.

Then to compound matters, Maupay scored a last-minute winner with a cool finish past Martinez to give Brighton all three points.

Leno is set for scans to discover the severity of his injury but he is likely to miss the rest of the season.

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And it means Martinez will step into his place with Matt Macey becoming his deputy.

Speaking after the match, Martinez expressed his sympathy for Leno but promised to step up.

“In the goalkeepers’ union, you don’t want the other goalies to get injured because it can happen to anyone,” Martinez told

“We train every day together, we support each other, we’re really close, we even have a WhatsApp group for just me, Bernd and Matt – it is devastating to be honest.


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“I wish him a speedy recovery and if he needs the rest of the season, me and Matt will try to do a good job in the Premier League and try to cover him as much possible.

“The last time [I played] in the Premier League was three years ago. But I wasn’t thinking about it when I just came on.

“I made a save straight afterwards. I am so disappointed for the result, I thought we deserved to be 2-0 or 3-0 up.

“But you just take it and learn from it.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he faces a battle to raise spirits within the squad after back-to-back defeats.

He said: “I think when you lose two games in a row the hardest thing to do is to lift the players up and believe again in what we are doing.

“The context of the last game against Man City and this one is completely different.

“I am much more upset today because I know the accident that happened against City but the accident today was provoked by us and it’s unacceptable.”

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