Arsene Wenger has faith in ex-Sheffield Wednesday loanee Emiliano Martinez ahead of Champions League clash with Anderlecht

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, pictured while on loan at Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, pictured while on loan at Sheffield Wednesday
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has backed former Sheffield Wednesday loanee Emiliano Martinez to thrive under the pressure of the Champions League.

Martinez, who was more widely known as Damian while at Hillsborough, has been called up for tonight’s European clash against Anderlecht in Brussels with Arsenal missing both first-choice keeper Wojciech Szczesny through suspension and Colombia international David Ospina due to injury.

Although Martinez has just two Arsenal appearances - in the Carling Cup in late 2012 - Wenger believes spending a loan period in the hustle-and-bustle of the Sky Bet Championship with Wednesday will have served as good preparation for what awaits in Brussels.

The 22 year old made 11 appearances for Wednesday last season having coming in as cover, in October, for regular number one Chris Kirkland.

“(I am) extremely confident, because he has experience from Sheffield last year and when he played for us, he did very well. I have no special worry about that,” said Wenger.

“He is two years older now (than his last Arsenal match), has a good experience. He has grown in stature as well.

“We have to make sure that we make it as comfortable a night as we can for him, and that is by defending well as a team.”