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An Emotional Emiliano Martinez FaceTimes His Family After FA Cup Triumph

An Emotional Emiliano Martinez FaceTimes His Family After FA Cup Triumph

An emotional Emiliano Martinez Facetimed his family after helping Arsenal win their 14th FA Cup final with victory over Chelsea at Wembley.

The Argentine has had a long, arduous journey to get to where he is today and he wanted to celebrate yesterday's momentous occasion with his loved ones back home.

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Image: PA

Having been at Arsenal for 10 years now, the 27-year old has been loaned out six times and had only made 14 appearances prior to this season.

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But an injury to Bernd Leno at Brighton in June gave him an opportunity and he has taken it with both hands, producing a series of commanding displays in the sticks.

His latest came at the home of football as Arsenal won a fourth FA Cup in seven years.

This time, Martinez played a huge part to get his hands on a winners medal and after the game, he was spotted with his headphones in, sharing the moment with his family - who hasn't seen for over a year.

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Martinez and his family have been at the very bottom of the bottom. Last week, ahead of the cup final, the former Independiente youth player opened up about his parents struggling to pay bills and going without food so that their children could eat.

He told The Telegraph: "I saw my brother and mother crying, saying 'please don't go,' But I had also seen my dad crying late at night because he could not pay the bills.

"I remember the day that me and my brother ate, but not my mum and dad. I had to be brave. I said yes for them."

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Given the poverty-stricken environment he grew up in, it's easy to understand why Martinez was overcome with emotion as he did a post-match interview with the BBC.

The tears flowed so freely that he couldn't get through it and skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had to console him before taking over.

Topics: Football News, Football, FA Cup Final, FA Cup, Arsenal

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