Emi Martinez showed how much it meant for him to win the FA Cup with Arsenal by breaking down into tears in his post-match interview with the BBC.
On the books at Arsenal for 10 years after joining from Argentine outfit Independiente as a teenager, Martinez has had to be patient in waiting for a first-team opportunity.
Prior to 2019-20, the goalkeeper had made just 14 first-team appearances for the Gunners and had been loaned out six times.
But an injury to Bernd Leno at the start of soccer’s return has given Martinez a chance to stake his claim for a place in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI.
The 27-year-old has been in impressive form ever since and has ended the season with an FA Cup triumph after Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace.
Martinez was pictured after the game speaking to his family, overcome with emotion as he wiped tears from his face.
Watch the moment, and his tearful post-match interview, here.
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