Matt Turner, who is set to join Arsenal in the summer, has sent a message to Aaron Ramsdale about his role in the side next season.
New England Revolution confirmed earlier this month that their goalkeeper has indeed joined Arsenal. Turner will stay in America until the end of the campaign and he’s set to replace Bernd Leno at the Emirates next season.
The American, however, has made it clear that he’s not coming just to sit on the bench. He has vowed to push Ramsdale and is adamant that he can challenge the Englishman for the number one spot.
Matt Turner: I will push Aaron Ramsdale to become Arsenal number one
The American shot-stopper said, as per The Evening Standard: “When I got my first chance with the national team, it was only as a No. 3. No one ever really took me seriously, so I’m not going over there just to collect a cheque and ride off into the sunset.
“I’m going to push myself, I’m going to push Aaron and continue to help him get better and help myself get better.
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“You dream. You don’t really see a clear path of how it’s going to happen, but you just trust the work and trust your dream every single day, and continue to work hard, be self-aware, know what you need to work on, and listen to your coaches around you.”
The Insider’s View:
Ramsdale is Arsenal’s number one at the moment and we can’t see that changing anytime soon.
However, Turner’s mentality is exactly what we need and he just has to do what Leno has been doing at Arsenal since he lost his place to the Englishman – push him as much as possible every single day.
Turner’s opportunities are likely to come in the two domestic cup competitions next season and we’ll see what he’s all about then. He has done well in America but the English game is on a whole different level and if he can adapt quickly, he could prove to be a fine signing for us.