How did the nickname ‘Dibu’ Martínez come about and why is it said that Arsenal cut short his career?

Emiliano ‘Dibu’ Martinez He immortalized his name in the football history books by being crowned champion of the Qatar 2022 World Cup with the Argentine team. The Aston Villa goalkeeper will be remembered forever, but not only for his good saves, but also for his ability to ‘eat’ the opponent during the hottest moments of a match.

But have you ever wondered Why do they call Martínez ‘Draw’?? The goalkeeper, who had a difficult time at Arsenal, is a source of inspiration for many. If we talk about stories, we have to tell what happened to the Argentine goalkeeper.

The ‘Draw’ was the savior of his team against France. He covered two penalties in the definition and scored a goal ball at the end. The gaucho goalkeeper was the bulwark of his team during the final and throughout the World Cup.

According to Martínez himself, the origin of his nickname is related to “My family is a drawing” a television program that premiered in 1996 in Argentina.

In that series, there was a character called ‘Dibu’, a boy who He had several freckles on his face and red hair, just like Martínez, He was just four years old at the time.

For this reason, their parents they nicknamed him ‘Dibu’ nickname that he carries with him to this day.

Martinez had the bad luck of being an eternal substitute in the Arsenal. During the almost 11 seasons that he was with the club, he tried to earn the position of first goalkeeper. However, fate did not want it that way. The goalkeeper simply couldn’t fill the eyes of his coach, Arsene Wenger.

‘Draw’ spent a lot of time without playing. And he was always relegated by the club, to the point that he was loaned to lower-class teams, like Reading or Oxford United. They even sent him to another country: he signed for Getafe in Spain.

but the goalkeeper never managed to consolidate. He couldn’t find that regularity that a goalie always needs.

However, there was a light at the end of the tunnel. In the 2020-2021 season, Aston Villa decided to open the doors for him. And so life gave him a 180 degree turn: he became undisputed holder in one of the most important clubs in the Premier League.

The good level of ‘Dibu’ earned him being summoned by Lionel Scaloni to play the 2021 Copa América, where he ‘broke’ it all. The goalkeeper had a bestial level with his team during the tournament.

And from that moment he never left the position of first goalkeeper again, neither at Villa nor at Albiceleste.