Arsenal ‘finally pay disputed transfer clause’ after five-month battle

Arsenal have reportedly paid Argentinean club Independiente half a million euros after finally honouring a clause in goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez's contract which was drawn up in 2010.

The stopper has established himself as the Gunners' No.2 goalkeeper this season following Petr Cech's retirement last summer, and he has featured 11 times in all competitions while remaining as an unused substitute in the Premier League, where Bernd Leno is No.1.

This prolonged exposure to the first-team has come after Martinez picked up experience in English and Spanish football through six different loan spells.

The 27-year-old has represented Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United, Wolves, Getafe and Reading in temporary moves away from the Emirates, with his displays for the Royals last year particularly impressive.

Martinez has now made 24 Gunners appearances in all, and last month Argentinean publication Doble Amarilla – cited here by Sport Witness – claimed that Independiente were chasing up an extra payment in the £1.35million deal which took him to the Gunners in 2010.

The club claimed they were due that payment in November last year after Martinez had played 10 senior games as a starter for the club, but Arsenal are said to have rejected the request as they felt the Europa League wasn't involved in the deal.

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