22 Oct 2014

Arsenal third-choice goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez to make Champions League debut against Anderlecht

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, 22, is set to make his Champions League debut for Arsenal at Anderlecht on Wednesday.

First-choice Wojciech Szczesny is suspended, while Colombia international David Ospina has a thigh problem.

Defender Calum Chambers is available after a domestic ban, while forward Lukas Podolski has overcome an illness.

Centre-back Laurent Koscielny (Achilles) and forwards Mesut Ozil (knee), Yaya Sanogo (hamstring) and Olivier Giroud (foot) are all out.

Theo Walcott is not yet fully fit as he recovers from a nine-month injury lay-off, while France full-back Mathieu Debuchy also remains a long-term absentee with an ankle problem.

Argentine Martinez has made two appearances for the Gunners since joining the club in 2011, with both of those starts coming in the League Cup.

Englishman Ryan Huddart, 17, will be on the bench as his back-up.

Arsenal are second in Group D with three points from two matches, three points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund. Anderlecht are third, level on one point with bottom side Galatasaray.

Credit: BBC Sport


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