OFFICIAL: Martinez signs new Arsenal deal

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The 24-year-old, who has featured in the League Cup this season, has committed his future to Arsene Wenger's side and says it is a "big step" in his career

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has signed a new long-term contract with the club the Gunners have confirmed.

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Martinez has played 10 times for the club, including twice in this season's EFL Cup and now has the opportunity to continue his development at the Emirates Stadium.

"We would like to congratulate Emi on his new deal and look forward to his continued progress with the club," read Arsenal's statement after they announced the deal on Thursday.

The 24-year-old is behind Petr Cech and David Ospina in the pecking order, while Arsenal also have English shot-stopper Matt Macey on their books.

Martinez made his Arsenal debut in September 2012 and has had loan spells with Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United and Wolves but is delighted with his new deal.

"It feels amazing to be honest,” he told Arsenal Player. “I’ve been here for six or seven years already and to have the opportunity to sign a new deal is a great achievement for me and my family.

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"This is a big step for me, signing a new deal for Arsenal, training every day with big goalkeepers, big players and I feel like I’m one of them now. I really want to reach the top level.

“Arsenal means everything to me. I grew up here, I learnt English here and I’ve got everything in the UK. I love this club and I want to be the No 1 goalkeeper here for many years."

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