Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta surprised a few people yesterday when he named Maty Ryan in the starting lineup against Fulham ahead of Bernd Leno.
The Australian had only played once for us before the game yesterday. It didn’t look like he’d get another chance before the season came to a close, but he did last night, and he had very little to do.
Arsenal drew 1-1 with Fulham in a game that we should’ve really won. We had two goals disallowed for offside and the visitors scored with their only shot on target – from the penalty spot.
Ryan couldn’t do much about the spot-kick but he managed to have a huge say in the game – in the opposition box.
A minute before the final whistle, the Aussie international got his head onto the ball in the Fulham box. That kept the ball in play and we managed to get the equaliser through Eddie Nketiah a few seconds later.
Arteta was asked about the goalkeeper starting today and the Arsenal boss claimed that he completely deserves his chance because ‘he trains like a beast’.
He said, as per Arsenal.com: “I picked him because he totally deserves to play, he trains like a beast, he’s got the right attitude and he needed a game. It was a great header.”
Should Arsenal sign Ryan permanently?
Arsenal will need a new goalkeeper this summer. Bernd Leno will remain our number one, but Alex Runarsson isn’t a good enough backup, and we will need to bring someone in to provide good cover for the German.
Ryan will return to Brighton at the end of his loan spell and it is clear that he has no place there. The Seagulls will likely try to sell him this summer, and it wouldn’t be a bad move by Arsenal to sign him on a permanent deal.
The Aussie international has a ton of experience under his belt. He is more than capable of stepping in when required and doing a good job, and that is all we need as Leno is Arteta’s undisputed number one.
Ryan will have just a year left on his Brighton contract. The Seagulls don’t really want him, so, a cheeky bid from Arsenal should do the trick this summer, unless he is offered a number one role elsewhere.