Maty Ryan has bid farewell to Arsenal supporters on Twitter today as he nears the end of his loan spell from Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Aussie international joined us on loan until the end of this season. He was only brought in as a backup for Bernd Leno, but Ryan impressed everyone in the three games he played.
Many Arsenal supporters felt that keeping Ryan as our number two would not be a bad idea at all. He has the quality, experience and leadership to succeed at the top level, but if his message on Twitter is anything to go by, it looks like Mikel Arteta has decided against bringing him back.
Maty Ryan will not return to Arsenal next season
“I look forward to continuing the relationships well into the future,” said Ryan, which made some fans believe that he wants to return to Arsenal on another deal next season.
However, we think he means that he wants to maintain the relationships he has built with the players, staff and everyone else at the club, which has nothing to do with his professional future.
Ryan will now head back to Brighton and his farewell message makes it seem like he won’t return to the Emirates. That is a shame, but that surely means that Arsenal are looking for someone a lot better than the Australian to compete for the number one role with Bernd Leno.
The Insider’s View:
Most Arsenal fans would’ve been happy if Edu brought Ryan back to the club next season. However, it looks like the club have kept sentiments aside, and they now mean business ahead of what is our most important summer transfer window in about three decades.
Leno is still a world-class goalkeeper, but the mistakes he has committed this term have made people forget that. His errors are arguably down to complacency as he full well knew going into this season that he would be the number one irrespective of what happened.
Now that Ryan is gone, Arsenal will likely look for someone who will challenge Leno for the number one role. That should keep the German on his toes throughout the campaign, which is exactly what we need next season.