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Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez: Loans good for me

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez says his loan spells have been good for him.

Martinez has returned to the club this season and is currently backup for Bernd Leno.

He wrote for arsenal.com: "The reason I went out on loan last year is because I'd been training for six months but had only played two games. I went to Reading and was involved straight away. It was against Bolton on a Tuesday night and I felt as though I performed like I'd been playing week in, week out. I think that showed how professional I was.

"It was a challenge for me because I had the choice of Leeds or Reading. One of the teams was competing for promotion and the other was struggling at the time. I weighed it up and chose the harder option because I wanted to show to everyone what I could do and prove the haters wrong. Some fans were still reminding me about that 7-5 game... they forget that I was only 18 at the time. I wanted to go back there and prove that I could do it.

"In the last game of the season, the Reading fans were shouting my name and begging me to stay permanently. I can't tell you how good that felt, but that's how I want to feel all the time. I know how good I am and how good I can be."

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