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'I’ve announced myself': Loan player hints he'd like to join Arsenal permanently

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Arsenal goalkeeper Maty Ryan spoke to SBS The World Game about his plans beyond the end of this season.

The Aussie international joined us on loan from Brighton last month. He made his debut against Aston Villa last week and despite the defeat, he earned plenty of praises from the Arsenal supporters.

Ryan has no future at Brighton. He will need to find a new club in the summer and he has hinted that he would love to extend his stay at the Emirates beyond the end of his loan spell.

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He said: “Although we lost the game against Villa, I think I can take a lot of positives from that that match. I don’t think I did myself any harm in terms of getting more opportunities between now and the end of the season.

“Hopefully I’m able to provide a bit of a headache for the manager in his team selection going forward, and create competition for spots. “I feel I’ve announced myself at the club in a positive way, that’s the standard that’s been set.

“Having come out the other side of what happened at Brighton, I feel like I’m in a better place and I’m trying to take advantage of everything at my disposal here at Arsenal. “I’m going to do the best I can to contribute to the club in any way I can and learn from Mikel Arteta.

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“Hopefully, at the end of the season I may have some nice options with Arsenal. Maybe there will be an offer to continue on a more permanent basis. If that happens of course I’ll look at it and consider it.”

Arsenal Insider’s view:

Ryan certainly announced himself on his debut. Despite a shaky start, he was there when it mattered and he kept us in the game until the very end.

It is clear now that Alex Runarsson is not good enough to be our second choice. Ryan, on the other hand, has plenty of experience under his belt and as he showed at Villa Park last week, he can come in and do a job whenever required in place of Bernd Leno.

Brighton clearly don’t want Ryan. The Seagulls will be happy to let him leave in the summer and unless Arsenal plan on spending a ton of money on someone much superior, the Australian should be the man we go for.

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