Arteta names standout quality as Prem stopper joins Arsenal

Date published: Friday 22nd January 2021 11:31 - Jonny Whitfield


Arsenal have announced that they have agreed a loan deal until the end of the season for experienced Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

The 28-year-old has struggled for match action with the Seagulls and will now provide back-up to Bernd Leno.

The Gunners had earmarked new goalkeeper in January as a high priority. Indeed, Icelandic summer signing Alex Runarsson has struggled during his few outings.

The move also comes after Arsenal loaned out Matt Macey to Hibernian until the end of the campaign.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told “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.”

Technical director Edu, meanwhile, added: “Mat is an experienced goalkeeper, a proven talent in the Premier League and has also played many internationals for Australia.

Mat Ryan, Danny Ings

“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.”

Brighton coach Potter lauds Ryan

Australia international Ryan joined Brighton from Valencia following their promotion to the Premier League. Soon after, he established himself as their first-choice goalkeeper.

However, that changed this season as Robert Sanchez entered into the first-team. As such, Ryan struggled for game time.

Brighton head coach Graham Potter told his club’s official website: “Mat has been a great servant to the club in the Premier League, and he has played no small part for the club at this level.

“We have incredible talent and competition at this club for just one position, and understandably, as Australia’s number one, Mat wants the chance of more regular opportunities.

“Mat is a pleasure to work with, a consummate professional and someone who works incredibly hard at his game. We wish him well at Arsenal and will be watching his progress there.”

Ryan has made 59 caps for his native Australia, playing in the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.

Elsewhere, reports claim that Arsenal are closing in on a second loan deal, for midfielder Martin Odegaard.

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