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Emiliano Martínez on becoming a Royal

24 January 2019

New loan signing, Emiliano Martínez, spoke of his excitement for pulling on a Reading shirt for the remainder of the season - after signing loan terms from Arsenal on Wednesday.

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The Argentine goalkeeper, 26, joined up with his new teammates for the first time on Wednesday lunchtime - working with Goalkeeping Coach, Jorge Baptista and the other Royals 'keepers at a wintry setting at Hogwood.

Martínez, who has taken the number 26 shirt for the remainder of the season, became the Royals' second loan signing in as many days, following Nélson Oliveira's arrival in RG2 on Tuesday night - and the fourth loanee arrival of the January transfer window.

Speaking to iFollow Royals after signing, Martínez said: "I'm delighted, knowing the Reading history, it's a great club. When Reading showed interest, I didn't doubt.

"We're in the relegation zone at the moment, but it's something we're going to get out of and it's a good challenge for me, and for Reading.

"At Arsenal we play from the back, not giving the ball away. It's one of my strengths to play out from the back, so hopefully we're going to do well.

"It suits me, and I'm looking forward to it."

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Martínez has found himself behind experienced international goalkeepers so far this season at Arsenal, in Bernd Leno and Petr Cech. He says he hopes to use his time as a Royal to challenge for the shirt and gain as much game time as possible.

"I had loads of teams to go to in the summer but the manager wanted me at the club," he elaborated. "I needed to play, I know the league, I know Reading and I wasn't in doubt, I wanted to sign straight away.

"When you're in one of the top leagues in the world, you're always going to have good goalies. The two goalkeepers that are playing, they're really good so it's a good challenge for me and hopefully it goes well.

"I'm feeling fit, healthy, played a Europa League game not long ago, I've been in the squad for so many games so I'm ready to go.

"I was at Sheffield Wednesday when I was 19, 20 years old so it makes you tougher - long balls, big defenders, quick strikers and quick wingers.

"I know everything about this league, and that's why I chose Reading."

Martínez will be eligible to potentially make his Reading debut away at Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday, before Royals fans may get the chance to see him in action at Madejski Stadium for the first time against Aston Villa a few days later.

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