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Emiliano Martinez or the goalkeeper who has over 300 top flight games & 93 caps?

Yesterday I blogged about how David Ospina was set to return to Arsenal following his loan spell at Napoli. A lot of people responded on social media saying that Emiliano Martinez should be Arsenal #2 next season and not Ospina.

This baffles me.

Some have claimed that Martinez has been “immense at Reading”, that he has “great potential” and is better than Ospina.

This baffles me.

Last summer, Carlo Ancelotti took Ospina on loan to Napoli to replace long term injured Alex Meret as #1. He felt Ospina was good enough to play week in, week out, for the 2nd best team in Italy. What he did not do is take Martinez on loan – who was also available.

So Carlo Ancelotti literally believed Ospina was a better goal keeper than Martinez.

If I said that this summer, Arsenal were interested in signing an international #1 with nearly 100 caps for his country. A 30-year-old goal keeper with nearly 400 appearances and has played in the Premier League, Ligue 1 and Italy – with over 330 top flight starts.

A goal keeper that started 16 times in Serie A last season for the team that finished 2nd, making 6 starts in the Champions League. And he was a free transfer.

If this was given as a profile for Petr Cech’s replacement the response would be “sounds ideal”. Yet for some reason people are turning their nose up at Ospina and are favouring Martinez.

There is a reason why last season Ospina was playing week in, week our for Napoli in Seria A and the Champions League’ and Martinez was at Reading who finished 20th in the Championship.

Martinez is 26-years-old. He has been at Arsenal for 8 years. He has played just 14 games.

In that time he has been on loan to Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Getafe and Reading.

In the time Martinez has been at Arsenal Wojciech Szczęsny, Lukasz Fabianski, Vito Mannone, David Ospina, Petr Cech and Bernd Leno were all picked ahead of him at some point or another.

Up to this point he has not exactly had a stellar career. He is now 26-years-old so talk of him having “potential” are way off the mark.

When you compare the careers of Ospina and Martinez up to this point, it is clear and obvious that one is a top class goal keeper, the other is not.

It baffles me that people are putting Martinez ahead of Ospina.

If one was to create a list of potential #2 keepers, you would want them to be an experienced international. Two names that spring to mind are Guillermo Ochoa and Keylor Navas. Ospina is in their class.

So why sell Ospina for £5million to then buy on of those for £10-15million. Might as well stick with Ospina.

When it comes down to Ospina v Martinez, there is one who is an experienced campaigner with nearly 100 caps, and another who is 26-years-old and has not even played 100 games.

Keenos

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Arsenal Azerbaijan Supporters Club guide to Baku

Arsenal Azerbaijan Supporters Club (AASC) is welcoming Gooners traveling to Baku for UEL 2019 Final.

Here you will find basic information for frequently asked questions (content will be continuously updated).

Is AASC organizing a meeting point where Gooners coming for The Final will have chance to meet and spend some time together before the game?

Yes. AASC has agreed with one of the best and largest brewery restaurants in Baku City to host us on 29th of May. Restaurant will be serving Arsenal supporters from 2pm in the afternoon (kitchen will be open after 3pm). It is easy to reach the brewery from any part of Baku City. As well, it is easy to reach The Stadium from this restaurant (see Transportation section below)

Address: Baku, Khatai district, Khagani Rustamov Street, Paulaner Baku (behind Amay Shopping Center)

Location (coordinates): Lat: 40.380853, Long: 49.879196, https://goo.gl/maps/Mq2JVLiQTfyfDpPZ7

Transportation to The Stadium

We agreed with two taxi companies to support us with transportation to The Stadium from our meeting point.  See the route here https://goo.gl/maps/bTCeJ8kBDqkydBF27

Taxi Option 1 is provided by The Brewery (Paulaner). There will two car types:

  1. a) AZN7 with maximum four (4) passenger sits,
  2. b) AZN14 with maximum eight (8) passenger sits.

Indicated prices are for the car, so if you share a car you will divide price by number of travelers (e.g. 7:4=1.75AZN per person).

Taxi Option 2 is provided by the biggest taxi company in the City “189 Taxi”.

You may purchase your transportation via whatsapp number +994 (55) 225-0-189 or just dial 189 via local mobile number. There is free WiFi Network in the restaurant. Operator will answer you in English, Russian, and Azeri (Turkish) with assigned car details and price after your confirmation. A regular sedan car will cost you around AZN6 if regular route is open, or around AZN15 if main road is closed and alternative routes are used.

Make sure that you have some cash and order taxi in prior.

Attention for the Gooners travelling in groups. If you need to reserve a bus type transport for travel (8, 18, 40 sits) from the meeting place, please inform till 26th of May, so that we could align with the service providers and make reservations for you!

!!Please keep in mind that AASC has no commercial interest in any of the planned events. Our intention is to ensure that Gooners will have a smooth and joyful stay at our beautiful city. We hope that our positive mood and energy will help The Team to win!!

When shall we leave the bar and head to The Stadium?

The Gates are open at 8pm local time. Opening ceremony will start around 10:30 pm.

Game starts at 11pm local time.

We expect that traffic on the roads around the stadium will be congested (or limited by local authorities) after 9pm.

We highly recommend starting your travel to the Stadium at 8pm and earlier, no later than 8:30pm (from the meeting place). Otherwise, you may face traffic jams, congestion on the entrance to The Stadium, etc.

Stadium Amenities, Food, Drinks

Food and drinks (including beer) are available inside the stadium (prices in the fan zones may be higher than in general zones).

There is no free WiFi.

There are many rest rooms inside the stadium.

Mobile / Cellular Network (Roaming?)

You may buy SIM cars from local mobile operators in The Airport for the prices starting around 15azn including several gigabytes data bundles.

For those who prefer to roam, all 3 mobile operators operate modern LTE networks, so there is not big difference among them, check the prices with your home provider.

Transportation from The Stadium

It is not yet clear what will be transportation options from The Stadium, but usually there free public buses parked close to the stadium that will go to various city points, underground Koroglu station is close to the stadium (congestion is expected during 1st hour in all directions).

After-party. Shall we have a meeting place after the game is over?

No matter what results is, we believe this a big achievement for The Club and great event for every Gooner coming to Baku. AASC may organize after-party event in the same brewery or somewhere in the city center if we receive fair number of requests by 26th of May.

Looking for support or have any other questions?

AASC is open to support you. Please address your queries to the FaceBook group. Someone will always answer.

Should you have any urgent or important issues please contact below numbers via whatsapp (preferable) or voice calls in English, Russian, and Turkish:

+994552324411

+994502850117

+994555901827

Best regards,

Elshan
Arsenal Azerbaijan Supporters Club Administration Member

30th Anniversary Anfield 89 – An evening with Martin Hayes & Perry Groves

Islington Sports Bar and Grill
247 Holloway Road, London N7 6NE
26th May 2019
2pm – 9.30pm

On the 26th May 1989 The Arsenal had to travel to current champions Liverpool and win by two clear goals to bring the title back to North London for the first time in 17 years. The events of that evening  now goes down in folk-law. Without question the greatest ending to any game and any season.

So what could be more fitting but to spend the 30th Anniversary of our clubs greatest ever night than to watch the game again with two of the players in that great side.

Islington Sports Bar and Grill are hosting this event  with Perry Groves and Martin Hayes and it promises to be a great night.

Perry and Martin will be doing a Question and Answer session as well as signing autographs and posing for photos.

There will also be a full screening of the game on the large screens with the pair doing a running commentary. Both players started the game on the bench so will have a very good insight of George Graham’s tactical plans and mood.

As the game came to its climax, both Perry and Martin had been bought on, enabling them to give a 1st hand account of what George said as he sent them on to the pitch. They will alsop give an insight into what they felt during those final few minutes leading up to THAT goal.

Islington Bar and Grill will be putting on a buffet for everyone attending as well as showing the recent Anfiield 89 documentary film in what promises to be a special evening for us fans.

Tickets are £30 each via Eventbrit or available to buy at Islington Sports Bar & Grill prior to the event. The Anfield 89 event is ticket only and include entry and full buffet.

What a way to spend the Sunday of  a Bank Holiday weekend!

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