Goalkeeper Matt Turner has posted an emotional farewell on his Instagram page after confirming his move from Arsenal to Nottingham Forest.
The 29-year-old made seven appearances for the club since replacing Bernd Leno as backup to Aaron Ramsdale, but has departed on a permanent deal, with David Raya now expected to join the club.
Turner, who was an Arsenal fan prior to his arrival in North London, has now penned an emotional farewell on his Instagram page, following what was a somewhat unexpected departure.
“What a time! Thank you for the memories, Gooners. I genuinely gave my all every single day to try to push and help the club as much as I could, I hope the fans always felt that,” he wrote.
“My family will forever feel at home in North London, Easton even seemingly fell in love with the sport! We accomplished so many things and made so many lifelong friendships at Arsenal. That being said, it’s time for a new challenge in my career and for our family life, I’m so excited for what’s to come! See you on the other side my Dawgs”
A deal that suits everyone
Whilst Turner was a fine backup to Ramsdale, his position in the squad as a number two option was clear, rather than being a true competitor for the number one spot.
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Arsenal will receive a fee which could reach £10m for their backup, and with Raya coming in, they will have upgraded their options.
Turner will now join a Premier League club where he will receive a lot more playing opportunities, having failed to appear even once in the League for Arsenal.
The USMNT number one will now likely make his Premier League debut against Arsenal on Saturday, as Nottingham Forest travel to the Emirates Stadium for the opening fixture of the season.
Turner was a likeable character in the squad and Arsenal fans will wish him well, except for his first game.