He played every minute as Arsenal defeated Manchester City in the semi-final, and then Chelsea in the final, to lift the FA Cup at the end of the season. Martinez is now into his third season as undisputed number one at Aston Villa, and has added to his remarkable journey by flourishing on the international stage. He lifted the Copa America last year as Argentina defeated Brazil in the final, and was named in the Team of the Tournament after winning the Golden Glove.
Alex Neil is tasked with hauling Stoke up the standings in the second half of the season and heads back to headquarters on the back of four points from two games on the road, knowing that home form must be vastly improved. READ MORE: Stoke City boss reveals what he wants to add to squad READ MORE: Shotton still baffled by Pulis decision over Pennant He has selection decisions to make at both ends of the pitch, with hope that Josh Laurent is a little bit closer to availability following a knee injury. The manager suggested last week that the injury list should clear up a little over the next fortnight. Dujon Sterling and Dwight Gayle have also missed the three games since the World Cup break while Sam Clucas is expected to be out for another month or so as he recovers from a back injury. Ben Wilmot is waiting for a chance to come back into the back line, having returned to the bench at Rotherham on Boxing Day.
Nick Powell should also be pushing for a return too but didn't show enough when he was used as a sub at Rotherham. Neil will have to utilise his squad over the next few days, with Preston North End up next on Monday at the bet365 Stadium before a trip to Hartlepool United the following Sunday in the FA Cup. Predicted Stoke City starting XI: Bonham, Clarke, Tymon, Jagielka, Souttar, Fox, Thompson, Baker, Smallbone, Campbell, Delap.
Harry Clarke will hope he did enough in an energetic cameo at right wing-back to earn his place in the starting XI, which would give Neil the chance to move Jacob Brown into the front line. Tyrese Campbell and Liam Delap, however, have shown signs of a promising partnership. Between them, Campbell, Delap and Brown have scored five in the last three games. Partnership might be the key word in Neil's thinking. Brown and Campbell have been used together previously but at times it didn't look like a natural double act. They made chances in the latter stages on Monday, however. A front three could be an option and Stoke lined up in pretty much a 3-4-3 at Turf Moor draw back in October, with Gayle used behind Campbell and Delap.
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Now, the 30-year-old has played an integral role in Argentina's success in Qatar, most notably saving two penalties in the shoot-out victory over the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. And on Sunday, rather than lining up against the likes of Martin Paterson and James Vaughan, as he did on hisOwls debut against Huddersfield in 2013, he will be looking to keep French stars Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud quiet. READ MORE: All the latest Wednesday news Sheffield Wednesday player ratings as Iorfa and Stockdale struggle in Exeter City draw Darren Moore's response to transfer question after dip in form All you need to know ahead of Owls v Oxford Lee Bullen explains his S6 exit as he eyes up historic Scottish Premiership tilt Story SavedYou can find this story in My Bookmarks.
"It helps a lot, " Emi told Arsenal. com in 2017. "I have been in the Championship, played probably 40 games in the Championship, and it helped me to develop. "You play with strong defenders, strong strikers, it's not the same as playing at under-23 or under-21 level. You train hard because you want to play every single game. It helps you to be calm in big games. " Leno was forced off with a knock in the first half against Brighton in June 2020 and Martinez has not looked back since then.
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It appeared Martinez's career was slowly ebbing away from him as he waited in the shadows at Arsenal. A spree of loan spells, including a stint at Hillsborough in the 2013/14 season, was once his only form of senior football, as he failed to fit into the plans of Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery or Mikel Arteta. Martinez played just 11 times for the Owls. He went on to play for Rotherham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Getafe and Reading, while the likes of David Ospina, Wojciech Szczesny, Petr Cech and Bernd Leno guarded the Gunners' net. READ MORE: Owls' best and worst case scenarios as transfer window looms But that seemingly endless period of frustration subsequently culminated in Martinez seizing his chance when he was finally called upon.
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Stoke predicted starting XI vs Burnley as Alex Neil tries to stop steamrollerStoke City welcome Championship leaders Burnley to the bet365 Stadium on Friday evening for what will be their final game of 2022. Stoke are 17th in an uncommonly tight league table after 24 matches, five points short of the top six and five points above the bottom three. Only Burnley and Sheffield United have managed to edge a little bit away from the pack in the right direction, with Vincent Kompany's side now 11 points ahead of third-placed Blackburn Rovers.
Ex-Sheffield Wednesday loanee Emiliano Martinez's remarkable rise to the topNine years ago, Emi Martinez was battling for the number one slot with Chris Kirkland at Sheffield Wednesday. Fast forward to the present day and the former Owls goalkeeper is preparing to lead Argentina to glory in the 2022 World Cup final.
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