Sunday, March 7

Arsenal Announce Signing Of Brighton Goalkeeper Matt Ryan On Loan

Arsenal have announced the signing of Brighton goalkeeper Matt Ryan on loan until the end of the season. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta announced earlier this month he was in the market for a goalkeeper. And he has chosen Australia international Ryan as the man to provide backup to No 1 Bernd Leno.
Ryan has not been in a Brighton match day squad since the 3-0 loss at Leicester on December 13.
The 28-year-old started the first 11 Premier League matches of the season but has been replaced as No 1 by Robert Sanchez.
On the deal to bring Ryan to the Emirates, Arsenal technical director Edu said: “Mat is an experienced goalkeeper, a proven talent in the Premier League and has also played many internationals for Australia.
“Mat will further strengthen our squad with his experience and knowledge of playing at the highest level.
“Following Matt Macey’s recent move to Hibernian, Mat will provide very good competition and positive support to all our goalkeepers and we are looking forward to him integrating quickly into the set-up here at Arsenal.”
Ryan has made 121 Premier League appearances since joining Brighton in 2017.
And manager Arteta says that helped in his decision to sign him.
Arteta said: “We know Mat very well through his performances with Brighton in recent seasons and he brings additional quality to our squad.
“Mat has very good Premier League experience and has played over 100 times in the league, which is something that will benefit us greatly on and off the pitch.
“We welcome Mat to Arsenal and look forward to working with him this season.”
Ryan, who will wear the No 33 shirt, has revealed that he grew up as an Arsenal fan in Australia.
“There’s still an aura of surrealness to it all, to be honest,” Ryan told Arsenal.com.
“I’m really proud, it’s great and it’s hard to sort of put into words the emotions and feeling that this is becoming a reality.
“All those mornings as a young kid in Australia, getting up to watch the Champions League games and all that at four o’clock in the morning when I had school and these types of things.
“The support back in the Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp days, all these sorts of things, to now be here fills me with a great sense of pride and achievement.”
Arsenal allowed Emiliano Martinez to leave the club last summer, joining Aston Villa for a fee of around £20million.
The Gunners brought in Iceland international Runar Alex Runarsson from French side Dijon to replace Martinez.
However, Runarsson has put in a number of shaky performances in the appearances he has made in cup competitions, including a shocking error in the Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester City.
Runarsson could leave the club on loan this month following Ryan’s arrival.
Arsenal are also reportedly close to signing midfielder Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid.
The Gunners are claimed to have beaten Real Sociedad to the signing of the Norwegian.

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