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LOAN PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Arsenal keeper Martinez the saviour for Wolves

Emiliano Martinez produced a fine performance for loan side Wolverhampton at the weekend, saving a penalty as Wolves managed to hold league leaders Brighton & Hove Albion to a 0-0 draw.


Martinez produced a miraculous double save to deny Tomer Hemed, first from the spot, before saving the Israeli's follow-up shot to deny Brighton an early lead.

The Arsenal youngster then held his nerve as ten-man Wolves side managed to hold out the in-form Seagulls, who produced eight shots on target, and claim a hard-earned point.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett praised the save after the game.

"It was a great double save. I felt that was a turning point.

"You want your forwards to win you games by scoring the goals but equally your goalkeeper can provide you with decisive and key moments in the game, and that double save was a key moment."


Martinez joined Wolves on a season-long deal from Arsenal this term after making six first team appearances at the Emirates last season, having previously spent time on loan at Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham.

The Mar del Plata-native was thrilled with the fact Wolves were able to secure even a point from the clash, telling the club's official website: “We have to finish up being delighted with a point.

“It wasn't just about the penalty save – it was the performance of the team overall. It was a first clean sheet of the season and we have to be delighted with that and enjoy it.

“We are all pleased we managed to do it, we did a really good job given they are top of the league and flying and we were down to 10 men."

Martinez was named Wolves' man-of-the-match against Brighton, with an overwhelming 85% of the total votes. The award was the Argentie's second consecutive man-of-the-match, having also starred in a 2-1 defeat to Bolton a week ago.

After a shaky start that included a blunder against recently relegated QPR, Martinez was dropped for experienced Wolves campaigner Carl Ikeme, before returning to the side, and subsequently to top form, a fortnight ago.

The performances of 23-year-old Martinez, who arrived at Arsenal's academy in 2010, may gain the attention of some rival Premier League clubs, especially considering he is behind the likes of Peter Cech, David Ospina and even Roma loanee Wojciech Sczcesny in the Gunners' pecking order.


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