Ex-Arsenal transfer target Jackson Martinez becomes Christian hip-hop artist aged 34 and currently can't find club

FORMER Arsenal target Jackson Martinez is now a Christian rapper after finding God – but can't find a team.

The 34-year-old striker has been pursuing a hip-hop career for two years after releasing an album in 2018, as reported by Sport Bible.

But he has failed to hit the right note on the field after leaving Portuguese side Portimonense in August.

The Colombian international has returned home after suffering with persistent ankle injuries.

He had signed a two-year deal with top flight Portimonense in January after spending the previous campaign on loan with the club.

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Last week he dropped his latest single 'Escucha' which translates from Spanish as 'Listen'.

It follows up from his 2018 album 'No Temeré' meaning 'I Will Not Fear'.

Martinez caught the eye during a prolific three-year stint at Porto where he bagged 92 goals in 136 games from 2012 to 2015.

And it was in 2015 when he was linked with a move to the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger was reported to have activated Martinez's £25million release clause to bring him to the Emirates.

And speculation of a deal whipped Gooners up into a frenzy online and led to one of the most iconic social media exchanges.

Two Arsenal fans got into a lengthy Twitter row over the age of Martinez and the hilarious bust-up was even mentioned in some of the ace's lyrics.

But a move never materialised and Martinez made a big-money transfer to Atletico Madrid instead.

But he lasted just six months and 15 games in the Spanish capital before jetting off to China to sign for Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao in February 2016.

He scored four times in 16 appearances for his Chinese side as his troublesome ankle continued to hamper his progress.

But fortunately his music career benefitted from the time he spent crocked.

Martinez told Vamos: "At a critical moment in my career, when I had two surgeries, that caused me to be off the pitch for two years without competing, and in that time I dedicated myself a little more to writing and made the decision to release an album."



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