Arsenal's Martinez talks up area in which he is better than Szczesny

Arsenal goalkeeper Emi Martinez has been talking about the qualities which makes him suited for the weekend's clash with Stoke.

Arsenal are suddenly a side reborn defensively, with clean sheets in their last three games.

That resurgence will be put to the test when they travel to Stoke City, where an aerial bombardment and physical approach mixed with moments of quality has seen them slip up in recent seasons.

The figure quietly going about his business in goal is Emiliano Martinez, the third choice goalkeeper behind the injured Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina, who was on loan at Sheffield Wednesday last season.

Speaking to Arsenal's website, the Argentine talked up what he considers one of his strongest attributes, which will be put to the test this weekend.

He said: "I like to command my area and help the defenders. If there are more crosses coming in, I am going to come.

"I have been around English football for a few years, so I know how to play, I know it is quicker than anywhere."

  PositionSuccessful Claimed Crosses per gameAppearances
Emiliano Martinez GK 1.4 5
Wojciech Szczesny GK 1 15

In comparison to fellow goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, this is an area in which Martinez has outperformed the Pole during his five performances this season.

The reason Szczesny is out is due to his mix up with Kieran Gibbs and collision which led to his injured hip against Manchester United, was from a cross he should have claimed.

Martinez could be undone against Stoke City, but so far he has given Arsenal reason to be confident in his ability and upbeat heading into the weekend.

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