Arsenal Signs Mat Ryan On Loan From Brighton

The Gunners have signed  Brighton and Holve Albion’s goalkeeper Mat Ryan on loan until the end of the season.

Goalkeeper Mat Ryan has joined Arsenal to fill the void left by Matt Macey’s who left the Gunners on a  permanent move to Scottish side Hibernian.

Mikel Arteta has been in the market for a goalkeeper to deputise  Bernd Leno following a difficult start to life at Emirates Stadium for existing No 2 Alex Runarsson.

On Friday, Brighton confirmed Mat Ryan, 28years, would be moving to the Emirates in search of more game time.

The Australia international was Brighton’s first choice for more than three years before being dropped in favour of Rob Sanchez late last year.

‘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,’ Brighton boss Graham Potter said.

‘We have incredible talent and competition at this club for just one position, and understandably, as Australia’s No 1, 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 played 11 times in the league this season already, but has not appeared since Brighton’s 3-0 defeat by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in mid-December.

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Ryan will wear the shirt number 33 at Arsenal, which was previously occupied by Matt Macey and has formerly been worn by Petr Cech.

Ryan will wear the No 33Mat Ryan’s Shirt Number at Arsenal.

Gunners boss Arteta had suggested earlier this month that competition in goal was a priority after letting Emiliano Martinez go in the summer.

‘We are assessing what is going to happen with the three positions,’ he told reporters.

‘The discussion we had in the summer within the club are a little bit different to what actually happened because of the transfer window and the situation that developed with Emi Martinez.

‘We didn’t have much time to do what we really wanted to do and we decided to assess the situation in this window which is what we are trying to do and we will make a decision on how we want to move forward in those three positions.’

Martinez has proven to be one of the league’s top performers between the sticks this season following his move from the Emirates to Aston Villa.

Only Manchester City shot-stopper Ederson has kept more clean sheets than the Argentine, while he is eighth in the standings for saves, having made 59 so far this term.

Ryan joined Albion in 2017, for a then club-record fee, reported to be more than £5m, from Valencia. He has made 121 Premier League appearances for the club.



Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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