Arsenal now have a genuine dilemma on their hands. Martinez has been on song ever since being given his chance but Leno is proven at the highest level and has been consistent ever since his arrival in the summer of 2018.
And, speaking recently, he admitted he’d ‘suffered’ over the years while waiting for a chance to prove himself at the Emirates Stadium.
The 27-year-old told AS: “This has been the best year of my career, but it is not easy to fulfil your dreams.
“I arrived at Arsenal in 2010, and had five spells out on loan – plus another one with Oxford where I played just once.
“It honestly wasn’t easy for me. I found it hard, and suffered more than I should.
“The last loan spell, at Reading, was the one I enjoyed most. The manager, Jose Gomes, put a lot of faith in me and helped me develop.
“But now I can say that all the effort has been worthwhile.”
Martinez also admitted his dream was to be No 1 for both Arsenal and Argentina.
“The fact I have returned to Arsenal so many times is because they continued to believe I could become their No.1 goalkeeper,” he said.
“Had they told me: ‘Look, you’ve no future here,’ I’d have gone to another club.
“But now I have achieved what I wanted – and I want to continue being successful with Arsenal.
“Bernd Leno’s injury has changed my career. Other great goalkeepers – such as Iker Casillas – have got their big opportunities when the first-choice keeper was injured.
“You have to be prepared for when you are called on.
“I hope to continue with Arsenal in the new season. That is my idea – although obviously I want to be in the first team.
“My dream is to play as many Premier League games as possible – and also to play for Argentina.”