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Arsenal sign Brighton’s Mat Ryan on loan until the end of the season


While all discussions today were dominated by the seemingly imminent arrival of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid, the Gunners decided to step up their goalkeeper options by signing the loan of Mat Ryan from Brighton until the end of the season.

Emiliano Martinez stepped in at the end of the 2019/20 campaign, deputizing for injured Bernd Leno and having played a major role in the club’s FA Cup triumph, it is fair to say that fans at the time were divided over the question of whether Mikel Arteta had made the right decision to let him go for Aston Villa.

After losing the Argentine, Runar Alex Runarsson came from Dijon to France, but after a few uninspiring displays it looks like he failed to convince the Arsenal boss that he is a capable second choice.

Runar Alex Runarsson
Runarsson failed to convince Mikel Arteta that he is ready to replace Bernd Leno if necessary | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

When signing Maty Ryan, it looks like Arsenal grabbed an opportunity that shouldn’t inspire the faithful but looks like a very shrewd deal. At 28, the Australian will bring Premier League experience to Arteta’s side having played 121 times in England’s top flight to date.

The Brighton man has made 11 league appearances this season but has not been part of Graham Potter’s squad since the trip to Leicester City in mid-December and with his contract expiring this summer, an exit is at hand. provide. for a while now.

Arsenal technical director Edu described the Gunners’ childhood fan as a “proven talent in the Premier League” – perhaps a further indication of their concerns over Runarsson’s inexperience at this level.

In addition to having played in the English, Spanish, Belgian and Australian top-flights, Ryan has also participated in the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, representing his country.

He was named best goalkeeper of the 2015 Asian Cup and has 59 international caps to his name. Born in Sydney, Cap grew up supporting the Gunners and spoke of a time when he would wake up at 4 a.m. to watch UEFA Champions League games in his first interview with the club.

If Arsenal progressed in the FA Cup this weekend, they could be required to complete as many as ten matches by the end of February. As such, Arteta clearly felt the need to bring in a more experienced and arguably more capable deputy to Bernd Leno as soon as possible.

The trip to St. Mary’s on Saturday may come a bit too early for Ryan, but he could be involved in Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United a week later at Emirates Stadium.