Arsenal identify Emiliano Martinez replacement as Mikel Arteta sanctions sale of FA Cup hero

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Martinez wants to be the starting stopper (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal are ready to cash in on Emiliano Martinez and have already identified a replacement, reports say.

Martinez shone for Arsenal at the end of the season having stepped up to replace the injured Bernd Leno and lifted the FA Cup with his team-mates at Wembley at the start of the month.

The Argentine is determined to be a No.1 goalkeeper and is prepared to pursue that aim away from Arsenal.

The Athletic claim Mikel Arteta and his staff still consider German stopper Leno their starting goalkeeper and the head coach is prepared to offload Martinez.

Arsenal think the 25-year-old could fetch £20million in the transfer market, although Martinez is hopeful the Gunners’ asking price will not block his exit.

Martinez would like Arsenal to take a hit on his transfer fee if needs be, considering he is the longest serving player at the club.

Having signed a six-year deal in 2016 worth £20,000 a week, Martinez and his team have been pushing for a better contract.

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Martinez won the FA Cup with Arsenal last season (Picture: Getty)

Martinez would expect Arsenal chiefs to follow through on their promise of a salary bump by handing over a bonus before he joins another club.

While the future of Martinez is now unclear, Arteta is keen to sign Brentford’s David Raya as his replacement.

Arsenal have been tracking the Spanish goalkeeper for some time and he has received glowing reviews from Gunners coach Inaki Cana, who worked with Raya at Brentford.

Raya also qualifies as a homegrown player after coming through Blackburn Rovers’ youth ranks.

Ahead of Arsenal’s Community Shield clash with Liverpool, Arteta was asked whether he thought he could keep Leno and Martinez happy.

He said: ‘I don’t want to keep them both happy, I want the one that is not playing to be upset.

‘But upset and then challenge the next player to make him better, or if not, earn his place to do that. It’s not easy to do that.’

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