Emiliano Martinez: Playing in Arteta’s Back Five

In part two of my Big Interview with Emiliano Martinez, we learn about his time on loan at Reading, where he is fondly remembered for helping the Royals avoid relegation from the Championship.

We hear about what it’s like working under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, what an inspirational, supportive manager he is, a great communicator with a sharp mind. His players have total trust in him. Mikel wants Emiliano to play like an auxiliary centre-half – as though in a back five – and take risks with the ball at his feet, a challenge which the keeper just relishes.

There’s also chat about Emiliano’s dream back four, and being part of the build-up in a dream goal against Manchester City.



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