Emiliano Martinez was arguably the standout goalkeeper at the just concluded Fifa World Cup in Qatar. The Aston Villa’s goalkeeper helped Argentina become world champions for the first time in 36 years and the 3rd time in the country’s history.
He showed like a million stars particularly against the penalty shootouts against the Netherlands in the Quarterfinals and against France in the finals.
But is he the best goalkeeper in saving penalties in the Premier League?
Below is a list of 5 goalkeepers who have the best save percentage for penalties faced. Please note that the goalkeepers on this list have faced at least 20 penalties (excluding penalty shootouts) which is fair enough to judge how good they are at penalties
1. Dean Henderson
The Nottingham Forest’s goalkeeper and Manchester United loanee is the best goalkeeper at penalties. Maybe, he could have helped Man United overcome Villareal in the Europa League final in the 2020/2021 season
Penalties Faced: 24
Penalties Saved: 11
Save Percentage: 46%
2. Matt Turner
Arsenal’s second choice and United States of America’s no.1 goalkeeper is the second on the list.
Turner who joined Arsenal last summer could be a useful asset for the Premier League leaders should they get involved in any penalty shootouts.
Penalties Faced: 23
Penalties Saved: 10
Save Percentage: 43%
3. Alisson Becker
It is safe to say there is nothing Alisson cannot do though Brazilians would have loved him to save them when they got knocked by Croatia via penalty shootouts.
Penalties Faced: 32
Penalties Saved: 13
4. Fraser Forster
The 34-year-old goalkeeper who plays for Tottenham Hotspur is no.4 on this exclusive list
Penalties Faced: 44
Penalties Saved: 16
Save Percentage: 36%
5. Kepa Arrizabalaga, Emiliano Martinez, And Lukasz Fabianski
There are three goalkeepers at no.5 because they have a similar save percentage of 29%.
Kepa has faced 24 penalties and he has saved 7, Martinez has faced 35 and he has saved 10 while Fabianski has faced 65 and has saved 19