ARSENAL'S FA Cup hero Emiliano Martinez has further won the hearts of supporters after declaring: "I don't care about the money."
The Argentine stopper broke down in tears after the Gunners lifted the trophy for a record 14th time on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Chelsea.
It marked a sensational season for Martinez who was handed a rare opportunity when first choice Bernd Leno was injured against Brighton on June 22.
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After embracing an Arsenal staff member behind the scenes at Wembley, 27-year-old Martinez was picked up on camera declaring he doesn't care about the financial incentive of lifting the trophy.
It could be in relation to player pay cuts which dropped from 12.5 per cent to 7.5 per cent after qualifying for the Europa League.
The Gunners were forced to take a hit to their salaries following the coronavirus pandemic.
Martinez had been loaned out six times and made just 14 appearances prior to this season after joining the Gunners ten years ago.
Given his opportunity through Leno's injury he has produced a series of commanding displays – and won praise from Gunners legend David Seaman.
The Argentine was pictured on the pitch afterwards presumably on a social media call to his family – and he could not hold back the tears.
He could have been sent off for appearing to handle outside his box late on, but the Gods conspired to give him his moment in the sun.
Speaking about his poverty-stricken childhood in Argentine capital Buenos Aires, he became increasingly emotional in front of the BBC TV cameras.
Martinez had left his crying family as a 17-year-old to journey to North London after being signed by then Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
He had said: “At that time I was living in Buenos Aires and playing for Independiente and I would only see my family twice a month because they couldn’t afford the petrol to drive from their home in Mar Del Plata.
“So when Arsenal offered to buy me, I had to be brave. I was 17-years-old and I said ‘yes’ for my parents.
“We came from a poor, poor family and for them to see me winning a trophy and getting a medal would be something special."
He has been loaned out to Oxford, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Wolves, Getafe and Reading without ever establishing himself as a first team regular after a £1.1million move from Argentina.
He has played second fiddle to Leno, Petr Cech, David Ospina, Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Fabianski, Vito Mannone and Manuel Almunia.
But throughout this time he refused to give up on his Arsenal dream.
His efforts are set to be rewarded with a bumper new contract at the Emirates.
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