Martinez tips Henriquez to shine

Jose Mourinho admits he is envious of the job security Arsene

Wenger has at Arsenal but says he could not cope with the club’s

silverware drought.

The Real Madrid boss has won three trophies since taking over at

the Bernabeu in summer 2010 but has found himself under pressure

after seeing his side fall 16 points behind Primera Liga leaders

Barcelona in the standings.

Mourinho says he would like to have the stability Wenger has at

Arsenal but admits the Gunners’ seven-year trophy drought would not

sit well with him.

He told

The Sun: “Yes I would love to have that stability at a

club.

“But at the same time I think for my mentality I also need the

pressure to succeed.

“And if no one imposes that pressure on me then I would impose

that pressure on myself. The pressure to win things.

“Yes it’s possible to be one or two seasons building for the

future and not being at the level to win things.

“But no longer, because my mentality is I always need the

pressure of winning things.”

He added: “Maybe it could happen soon for Arsenal.

“They play good football and produce good players.

“And they’re always buying players in every transfer window so

surely sooner or later they should do something, should win

something.”

Henriquez was handed his debut as a half-time substitute in

yesterday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw with League One Bournemouth on

Saturday.

And he certainly provided Ernie Howe’s men with something to

think about, heading against the bar within minutes of his arrival

and unsettling the visitors’ defence with his pace.

Indeed, given his desire to peel off the last defender, it was

easy to make comparisons with a present United star, Javier

Hernandez.

At just 18, the Chile international clearly has much developing

to do.

But Martinez has already seen enough to believe Henriquez’s stay

at Wigan will be a successful one.

“There is such a freshness about his play,” said the Wigan

boss.

“Angelo’s movement was outstanding and his knack of getting a

couple of yards in the box gave him a very good chance, which

nearly brought him his first Wigan goal.

“I have a feeling he is going to be a real crowd favourite.”

He looks like being a useful stand-in for Arouna Kone, who has

now left for African Nations Cup duty with the Ivory Coast and is

unlikely to be in Wigan colours again until the middle of next

month.

“Angelo tries to be very clever,” said Martinez.

“Because he is not the most physical, he avoids 50-50 contact

with defenders. But his running into space is really sharp and

incisive.

“We do need to get to know him a little bit better. Sometimes he

made some great moves and we couldn’t see him.

“But he will give us a completely different dimension.

“His attitude is incredible. He is a young man with great

standards who is desperate to be successful in the Premier

League.”

It was a glowing tribute, although the qualification about

Henriquez getting to know his team-mates is the major reason why

Martinez remained upbeat despite his side needing to embark on a

lengthy trip to the south coast for a replay in between key Premier

League fixtures against Fulham and Sunderland.

For fellow new-boy Roger Espinoza is also on a crash course in

English football, whilst, Martinez simply does not believe the

under-21 development league is good enough for others, including

Roman Golobart to get a meaningful football education.

The 20-year-old turned in an assured performance in the centre

of Wigan’s defence on his debut yesterday.

And after 25 appearances on loan at Inverness Caledonian Thistle

last season, Golobart can now look forward to more senior action at

Dean Court on Tuesday week.

“There is a real programme behind Roman,” said Martinez.

“The idea has always been to create a good environment for

youngsters to be given an opportunity in the first team. Then it is

down to them to take it.

“At 20 he is powerful and a good marker who reads the game well.

He is a real communicator and leader.

“It is great to have someone like that at the club.”