Arsene Wenger has expressed his faith in having to field rookie goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez for their Champions League tie with Anderlecht tonight, according to Sky
With Arsenal currently experiencing a shortage of defensive reinforcements due to a series of injuries that has plagued the club Wenger is now having to contend with fielding his inexperienced youngster for the clash too.
Regular number one Wojciech Szcesny is suspended for the game while summer signing and Colombian international David Ospina has been side lined for up to three months following the recurrence of a troublesome knee problem.
Szcezny was red carded during the club’s 4-1 win over Galatasaray last month – and having been out for two months Ospina was forced into the action without preparation and ultimately saw himself injured again.
Martinez has only appeared twice for the Gunners, both in the Carling Cup in 2012 – and one of these saw him concede four first half goals in part of the historic 7-5 victory over Reading.
The 22-year-old recently spent time on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and the Arsenal boss feels it was good preparation for him as he prepares to stand in.
“I am extremely confident, because he has experience from Sheffield last year and when he played for us, he did very well. I have no special worry about that,” said Wenger.
“He is two years older now (than his last Arsenal match), has a good experience. He has grown in stature as well.
“We have to make sure that we make it as comfortable a night as we can for him, and that is by defending well as a team.”
As for a substitute keeper, 17-year-old Ryan Huddart will be on the bench.
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