Arsenal youngster Emiliano Martinez reflects on Champions League debut v Anderlecht

Flames At The Emirates

Emiliano Martinez is delighted to have played for Arsenal in the Champions League against Anderlecht in Belgium on Wednesday.

Emiliano Martinez has revealed why he is ready to play for Arsenal in big matches.

The 22-year-old made his Champions League debut for the Gunners on Wednesday as he started the Group D clash against Anderlecht in Belgium.

The Argentine youngster was drafted into the starting line-up by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger due to the suspension of Wojciech Szczesny and the injury to David Ospina.

Martinez is Arsenal’s third-choice goalkeeper and has never even made a Premier League appearance, but his performance against Anderlecht was laudable.

Despite conceding a goal, the Argentine gave an assured performance between the posts and on Thursday explained why he is ready for big games.

Martinez further told Arsenal’s official website: ‘I'm so happy [to make my Champions League] debut and I need to say thank you to the manager, Gerry Peyton and Tony Roberts, who gave me confidence for this game...

‘It was brilliant. It was nice and calm. I think I made two good saves, I was solid and I felt confident. That's what I needed. If you're not confident, you won't get anything’.

Martinez is now going to play a key role for Arsenal. Poland international Szczesny will remain the North London club's first-choice goalkeeper, but the long-term injury to Ospina means that the Argentine will now be the second choice.

The youngster seems confident and is ready for the challenge. Having been on the books of Arsenal since 2010, he must be itching to get more chances and eager to prove himself.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch