Emiliano Martinez’s agent explains why the goalkeeper wants to leave Arsenal

first_imgThe Argentine shot-stopper is on the verge of leaving the Gunners (Picture: Getty Images)Emiliano Martinez’s agent has confirmed the Arsenal goalkeeper is set to leave the north London club as he targets a number one role elsewhere to secure his place in the Argentina team.The 28-year-old came into the Arsenal side after the restart, replacing the injured Bernd Leno, and performed brilliantly as the side lifted the FA Cup.However, with the German now back from injury, Mikel Arteta intends to reinstate Leno as his number one and has been unable to give Martinez any assurances over game time. Advertisement Emiliano Martinez’s agent explains why the Arsenal star is looking to leave Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 12 Sep 2020 9:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link700Shares Martinez wants to play every week to secure his place in the Argentina team (Picture: Getty)‘We have some really good players in many different positions. Some of them are complicated and obviously, clubs come to us and they are interested in our players,’ said the Spaniard.‘It is very difficult to promise players game time or to be the first choice. It is part of this period in the market. We try to manage the situation as well as we can, all the time counting on what the players’ expectations are, what we can achieve with them as a club and we are making decisions towards that.’Arsenal are believed to be interested in signing Brentford goalkeeper David Raya as Martinez’s replacement, though the Championship club insist he is not for sale.MORE: Emiliano Martinez to be left out of Arsenal squad as Brighton better Aston Villa’s bid for goalkeeperMORE: Arsenal make improved verbal offer for Odsonne Edouard as Alexandre Lacazette seeks moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Comment Martinez played brilliantly as Arsenal won their 14th FA Cup last season (Picture: Getty)Aston Villa have already lodged a £15million offer for the Argentine – which is short of Arsenal’s asking price – while Brighton have recently emerged as contenders for his signature.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMartinez will not be in the starting XI when Arsenal take on Fulham on Saturday in the first game of the new Premier League season, and his agent says the keeper’s desire to move is being driven by his hopes of being Argentina’s number one.‘The most likely scenario is that Emi Martinez leaves Arsenal because he wants to play,’ the shot-stopper’s agent, Lucas Martinez Quarta, told TyC Sports.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He dreams of being the starting goalkeeper for the national team and he is willing to leave his home [at Arsenal] for the worthy cause of being Argentina’s number one.’Arteta was asked about the possibility of Martinez leaving at his pre-match press conference and hinted that the goalkeeper’s push for regular first-team football could prompt his exit. Advertisementlast_img read more

CBA’s Buddy Wleklinski earns 500th coaching victory

first_imgSeveral of Wleklinski’s players were on hand for this game to help him celebrate, though a more formal ceremony will take place next Tuesday prior to the Brothers’ game against Bishop Grimes.For 36 seasons as head coach, Wleklinski has symbolized continuity at the school, from having Ed Leone as his assistant coach for most of his tenure to handling the dual role as the school’s athletic director since 1989.Winning nearly 64 percent of his games and going 500-284 overall, Wleklinski has led CBA to eight sectional titles and the 1997 state Class C championship, and is honored in several ways, including the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame and the home court that bears his name. And it was there that the Brothers, once 1-4 this season, got to the milestone with its fourth win in five games, even though Wleklinski said he never brought it up with his players until the day of the game against Solvay.The Bearcats arrived at this game 7-2 and sporting a five-game win streak, but was without leading scorer Justin Scott, who was injured earlier in the week in Solvay’s win over Marcellus.Without Scott, the Bearcats managed to hang close for a while, even though CBA bolted out in front helped by Sam Haas hitting four 3-pointers in the first quarter. Haas finished with 17 points.Dan Anderson’s eight points in the second period helped the Brothers build a 35-28 halftime edge, and then CBA got away in the third quarter with a 12-1 run, sparked by Jason Boule, who scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half.Anderson produced a team-high 19 points as CBA pointed ahead to Tuesday’s game against Grimes – where the Cobras’ head coach, Bob McKenney, could get to 600 career wins.The Cobras, even without A.J. Burnett in the lineup,rolled past Chittenango 74-45 last Thursday night to get McKenney to 599 wins.Having beat Buffalo’s Cardinal O’Hara 73-68 earlier that week, Grimes returned to OHSL Liberty division action and built a 32-15 lead on the Bears with stifling defensive pressure.Then it got further away as Byam Mugushu, with a season-high 17 points, was one of four Cobras in double figures. Sylvester Seton had 11 points, with Ian Denton and Joe Wike getting 10 points apiece.Originally, Grimes was set to face Mekeel Christian Saturday, but its cancellation meant that it could happen at CBA just as Wleklinski is honored, a rare instance of two historical markers overlapping into a single night.Manlius-Pebble Hill took a 2-4 record into last Wednesday’s game at Tully and played a superb first half, especially on the defensive end, the Trojans steadily building a 25-17 lead.Yet the Black Knights turned it around with a 20-9 third-quarter push, eventually holding off MPH 55-49 as James Kelly still had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Trojans. Alex Abrams had 12 points, with Shontez Anderson getting nine points and 12 rebounds.MPH lost Friday to Onondaga 64-50, the Trojans dropping to 2-6 overall as Logan Nordman (17 points) and Nate Recor (14 points) led the way for the Tigers. In 1984, the assistant boys varsity basketball coach at Christian Brothers Academy was promoted to the head coaching position at his alma mater. He has stayed there ever since.And on Saturday night, when the Brothers defeated Solvay 67-47, Buddy Wleklinski reached 500 career victories, a mark only a handful of other Section III coaches have reached.“To be around for 500 wins is very fortunate and humbling,” said Wleklinski. “But I haven’t scored a basket or made an assist. The players have done that, so this is humbling.” Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: boys basketballCBAlast_img read more