Former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has admitted he nearly retired after a failed loan spell at Getafe in 2017.
The current Aston Villa goalkeeper first joined Arsenal’s reserve team from Club Atletico Independiente in 2010. Over the next 10 years, the Argentine was loaned out to six different clubs as the Gunners weren’t ready to make him their first-choice goalkeeper. .
Returning from a loan spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers, the north London side sent him on for another spell away from the club. He joined La Liga side Getafe ahead of the 2017-18 campaign but couldn’t become their go-to goalkeeper. He ended up making just six appearances for the club across competitions.
Speaking to Ben Foster on the Amazon Prime Video YouTube channel, Martinez admitted the disappointing loan spell almost convinced him to retire. He said:
“At one point in my career, I felt like throwing my gloves away.”
“When I went to Getafe I was 24, away from England for the first time, I took everyone there and played seven (six) games. I just felt at the end of the season, ‘how come I wasn’t playing?’ I say to myself ‘what can I do?’
“I started with psychology, I wanted to change agents, I was angry with everyone.”
Fortunately, Martinez decided to weather the storm and eventually returned to Arsenal in 2018. A short loan spell at Reading followed before the Gunners finally gave him a real chance to impress.
Martinez was very impressive in the 2019-20 campaign and helped the Londoners to the FA Cup at the end of the season. After helping them win the Community Shield against Liverpool (on penalties) in August 2020, Martinez joined Aston Villa for 17.4 million euros in September of the same year.
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