The life of a third-choice goalkeeper can be tough - especially when there is almost no chance, bar injuries, of usurping the two ahead of you.
Damian Martinez is such a player. The 22-year-old Argentine arrived at Arsenal in 2010 at the age of 18 and has gone on to become a very highly rated and regarded member of the Arsenal set-up. Last term he impressed at Sheffield Wednesday on loan in the Championship - but his chances of first-team football at Arsenal remain practically non-existent.
Wojciech Szczesny is the club's number one goalkeeper, and they also splashed out on Colombian international David Ospina this summer. With this international pair ahead of him Martinez knows he is unlikely to play much football at Arsenal this season.
But speaking to the club's official website he has made it clear he enjoys the battle and is learning from the pair:
“I’ve been working with Wojciech for nearly four years already. Since I came to Arsenal I’ve been working with him, Gerry Peyton and Tony Roberts. I like working with Wojciech, he’s a really funny guy, and David Ospina as well - now I’ve got a Spanish speaker.
“David's a really nice guy so he fits really well in the group and he’s a really good goalkeeper. You saw him at the World Cup and he was very good. I didn’t see him at Nice or how he did, but you can see in training he’s good. So I’m ready to fight with him and with Wojciech.”
Martinez would usually get a reprieve in the League Cup, but he has also admitted that the arrival of Ospina may make that unlikely:
"I know David hasn’t played yet and he might get a chance in the Capital One Cup but when I’ve played in the under-21s I’ve shown the manager that I can play, so hopefully he will give me a chance."
Martinez knows that in reality he will never be Arsenal's first-choice stopper. He is young, but the two men in front of him are hardly pensioners themselves - limiting his chances of progression for the next few years.
But if he can remain receptive and keep learning from these two excellent stoppers, he will be on the path toward an excellent career.