Arsenal Sign Mat Ryan on Loan From Brighton & Hove Albion

Arsenal Mat Ryan

Arsenal have confirmed that they have signed Mat Ryan on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion on loan until the end of the season.

Mat Ryan Joins Arsenal on Loan

Competition for Places

The arrival of the Australian will provide further competition for places in goal for Arsenal.

The Gunners did sign a back-up goalkeeper in Runar Alex Runarsson in the summer, although he was not their first choice.

However, the performances from the 25-year-old have not shown huge promise as of yet. He has featured in four games so far this season for Arsenal, the last of which came in a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup, where he was at fault for one of the goals.

As a result, the Gunners have looked to add a more secure and reliable back-up to their ranks, which Ryan will provide. Despite losing his place recently in the Brighton line-up, he has made over 120 appearances during his three-and-a-half-years with the Seagulls.

What Was Said?

Speaking about his new signing to the official Arsenal website, manager Mikel 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.”

Edu, Technical Director at The Emirates Stadium, added: “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.”

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