Arsenal’s Emiliano Martinez is thankful to Sheffield Wednesday

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez believes that his loan spell at Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday has made him better.

Emiliano Martinez made his Champions League debut for Arsenal on Wednesday.

With Wojciech Szczesny suspended and David Ospina injured, the 22-year-old was handed the gloves for the Group D clash against Anderlecht in Belgium.

The Argentine gave a good account of himself despite conceding a goal and helped the Gunners pick up a 2-1 victory at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels.

Martinez was understandably delighted with his performance and told Arsenal’s official website: ‘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’.

Interestingly, Martinez also thanked Sheffield Wednesday and claimed that his loan spell at the Championship club last season helped him gain the confidence needed to play at the top level.

‘I've been working for years and my loan at Sheffield Wednesday [last season] gave me the confidence I needed’, said the youngster.

Martinez played on loan for the Wednesday from October 2013 until the end of the 2013-14 season and made 11 appearances in the Championship.

Although the youngster was not exactly ‘world class’ during his time at the Owls, he certainly gave encouraging performances.

At the moment Martinez is Arsenal’s third-choice goalkeeper, but given the injury to Ospina, he will be the second choice over the next few weeks.

Perhaps Martinez’s time at Arsenal has finally come...

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