Finally! Unai Emery Decides Arsenal’s New No.2 Goalkeeper After Petr Cech Departure

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Emiliano Martinez will be taking up the role of Arsenal’s new back-up goalkeeper, replacing veteran Petr Cech, with Unai Emery's side unlikely to enter the transfer market.

Cech made his final appearance for the club in the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea in Baku.

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The veteran Czech’s exit leaves Gunners in need of a new No.2 to play understudy to first-choice keeper Bernd Leno, and report that Martinez will get the nod.

The Gunners have a limited transfer budget to play with this summer after failing to qualify for the Champions League and have little or no desire to use up a slice of it on a new back-up goalkeeper.

Martinez can slot straight in, though he has made it known that he expects to play in Cup matches – just as Cech did this past season – and wants to be able to challenge Leno for the No.1 position.

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Another goalkeeper still on Emery’s books is David Ospina, though not for long, with the report alleging an agreement has been reached between Arsenal and Napoli over a £3million deal.

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