Arsenal, out of nowhere, announced the signing of Maty Ryan from Brighton on loan until the end of the season.
Alex Runarsson’s signing in the summer to replace Emi Martinez hasn’t quite gone to plan. Last season showed just how important a backup goalkeeper is, and Arsenal made it a point to bring in a better shot-stopper this month.
Ryan has tons of experience under his belt. The Australian international has played over 400 games for club and country over the years. He has started 121 times in the Premier League as well which makes him a reliable backup to Leno.
Arsenal fans were shocked to see the announcement on Friday but most supporters are pleased to see that Edu and Arteta have addressed the need to replace Runarsson.
Ryan has played in multiple countries in his career. He started off at home in Australia and then made his way to Belgium. He then went to Spain to play for Valencia before making his way to England to join Brighton.
A little known fact about the 28-year-old is that he had his first shot in England back in 2012. He apparently had a trial at Tottenham Hotspur and played a part in a 6-0 win, but Spurs let him leave soon after.
Great club? Really?
Ryan certainly hoped back then that the little club down the road would sign him. He even went on to call them a ‘great club’ – we all know they aren’t.
Spurs snubbing Ryan probably worked out for him. He made a name for himself in multiple clubs and is now at the club he loved as a kid – the mighty Arsenal.
Gunners supporters wouldn’t care now about Ryan’s old tweets. All we care about now is that he shows up if called upon, just like Martinez did when Leno was injured last season.