Skint Arsenal can’t afford to replace Petr Cech this summer so will have to recall on-loan keeper Martinez to be Leno’s No2

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ARSENAL are looking at Emiliano Martinez as a cut-price No2 next season.

The Gunners keeper, on-loan at Reading, is being monitored ahead of a return to the Emirates and being part of Unai Emery’s first-team set-up.

Emiliano Martinez is set to be given a shot at being Arsenal's No2 keeper next season
Emiliano Martinez is set to be given a shot at being Arsenal’s No2 keeper next season
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Emery will replace Petr Cech at the end of the campaign when the Premier League legend hangs up his gloves.

And promoting Martinez, 26, will allow them to spend their budget elsewhere to strengthen Emery’s squad.

Arsenal are expected to have a budget of just £40million if they fail to get into the Champions League.

They will also lose Aaron Ramsey on a free to Juventus, with a new No2 to Bernd Leno well down the pecking Emery’s priorities.


Petr Cech will retire at the end of the season
Petr Cech will retire at the end of the season
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Bernd Leno will remain Unai Emerys No1 choice between the sticks at Arsenal
Bernd Leno will remain Unai Emery’s No1 choice between the sticks at Arsenal
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Martinez has impressed at the Madejski Stadium in the last six games after his loan to the Championship and getting his chance under boss Jose Manuel Gomes following injury to Anssi Jaakkola.

The Royals, currently struggling in the Championship, have conceded just three goals in six games since he has been there.

Since joining from Independiente in 2010, the Argentinian has had loan stints at Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United, Wolves and Getafe and now Reading.

Arsenal have, meanwhile, conceded more Premier League goals than all their immediate rivals this season with 37 let in, including Manchester United (35), Chelsea (29), Tottenham (27), Manchester City (20) and Liverpool (15).

Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Watford and Wolves have also let in less.

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