Arsenal ‘ramp up’ goalkeeper search as they seek second opinion on Leno injury

Arsenal are reportedly stepping up their search for potential goalkeeper signings as they seek a second opinion on Bernd Leno's injury.

Leno missed much of the restart after sustaining a ligament strain when he collided with Brighton striker Neal Maupay during the Gunners' defeat in June.

Emiliano Martinez has impressed in his place, having helped Arsenal to five Premier League victories – including against champions Liverpool.

The Argentine was also between the sticks for the Gunners' FA Cup wins over Manchester City and Chelsea as they lifted the famous trophy in Mikel Arteta's first season as a manager.

While Martinez's performances are set to earn him the offer of a new deal, there is uncertainty over Leno's immediate future.

Arsenal want further tests on the German's injury and are seeking clarification on how long he will be out for, according to The Sun.

And the publication says Arteta's staff are looking for potential back-up goalkeeping options ahead of the new season starting next month.

With Leno sidelined, Martinez looks set to start the season as the first-choice keeper, but the Gunners may need cover in case he faces a long spell on the sidelines.

Arsenal are expected to offer Martinez a new deal, with his contract at the Emirates currently due to end in 2022.

But the 27-year-old is likely to want assurances over his chances of regular first-team football once Leno is fit again.

He certainly did his chances of the long-term No1 spot no harm with his performances following Leno's injury.

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Arsenal lost only once – to north London rivals Tottenham – with Martinez in the team, and he made more saves and conceded fewer goals per 90 minutes than Leno had before his injury.

As well Martinez and Leno, Arsenal also have on their goalkeeping roster Dejan Iliev and Matt Macey, both of whom are 25.

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