Arsenal have played two tough games in the space of four days and we’ve managed to keep two clean sheets.
We played Borussia Dortmund at home in the Champions League, and West Brom away.
When Arsene were 1-0 up midweek, Martinez made an excellent save to deny Dortmund an equaliser. And today, he was excellent today.
Confident and assured, the young goalkeeper started in the Champions League on Wednesday and made his Premier League debut today and kept two clean sheets.
In comparison, Szczesny has played 15 games in the league this season and only kept 3 clean sheets.
With Szczesny in goal there’s always a feeling that we can concede a facial goal and the same thing happened again when we played Manchester United. For their first goal, the whole situation was “typical Arsenal” as Gibbs collided into Szczesny. Szczesny has improved over the last few years and that is not in any doubt, but for some reason we seem shaky at the back – is it because the defence don’t have confidence in him?
In contrast, we defended really well as a unit on Wednesday and today and it is no coincidence that Martinez is on the pitch. The 22 year old Argentinian is a confident goalkeeper who is decisive and makes the right decisions. Szczesny on the other hand is capable of making stupid mistakes and losing his head.
Szczesny is going to be out for at least a couple of weeks and Arsene Wenger should really consider keeping Emiliano Martinez as first choice for now, and giving him a proper run in the team.