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​Arsenal loanee Martinez: Emery tried to block Reading loan

Arsenal loanee Emiliano Martinez has admitted that leaving the club on loan was his choice.

The Argentine goalkeeper was not happy at the lack of playing time on offer at the Gunners.

He spoke with new boss Unai Emery, who reluctantly gave his blessing for a loan to Reading in the Championship.

"I was desperate to leave in January," Martinez said in an interview with Goal.com.

"Even if he [Emery] didn't want it.

"I had Reading and other clubs after me - both abroad and in England, but my first option was Reading because I knew the league, I knew the manager [Jose Gomes] and his style, so I had no doubts about coming.

"I liked the challenge. They were in the bottom three, so it was a massive challenge which could go either way. I was comfortable at Arsenal, sitting on the bench or playing Europa League games - but for me that is not a challenge.

"That's why I came to Reading. I think we had Wigan and Millwall who were eight points above us when I came here and now we are above them. We've had a good run but there is a still a lot to do."

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