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MetiNews.Com - Emi Martinez spent time at Hillsborough during the 2013/14 campaign - now he's set to play for Arsenal against Chelsea in tonight's final
Breaking News ! Former Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Emi Martinez is relishing this evening's FA Cup final at Wembley. The shot-stopper will represent Arsenal when they take on London rivals Chelsea in the showpiece finale (5.30pm). The 27-year-old can scarcely believe he is in such a position, given that he has been either a back-up for the Gunners or out on loan. Martinez was at Hillsborough in the 2013/14 season, spending a large portion of the campaign in South Yorkshire. He made 15 appearances in total, keeping just two clean sheets. Read More Related Articles Tottenham Hotspur striker who was linked with Sheffield Wednesday joins Championship rivals Read More Related Articles Last day promotions and wonder strikes - How Sheffield Wednesday fared in their last meetings with Championship newcomers He returned to Arsenal, making brief appearances in the cup competitions before going out on loan four more times. It was only after the return of football following lockdown that Martinez attained the Arsenal number one jersey. Bernd Leno was injured in a game at Brighton and Martinez has been between the sticks ever since, posting some fine performances. Now, he is set for the biggest game of his career to date - something that isn't lost on him. "It's an incredible story for any young goalkeeper who is not being picked," Martinez told the BBC in the build-up to tonight's match. "I'm just delighted. I love this club. I have been here for 10 years and hopefully I can lift the trophy today. Sign up to our dedicated Sheffield Wednesday newsletter We will bring you all the best and latest Sheffield Wednesday news and analysis direct to your inbox. Simply enter your email address in the form at the top of this article.
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"I knew that I was going to play the FA Cup. For a goalkeeper, playing every three days, you have that risk of injury. I worked so hard [during lockdown]. That's why I have been performing as well because I was ready. "My dad is calling me every five minutes. I will enjoy every minute. I'm just delighted for this big moment. "It's massive. It's been an up-and-down season. We struggled a lot this season like we have never done before. But for us it is massive today."
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