Socceroos goalkeeper Maty Ryan has had his say on his future as he nears the end of his loan spell at Arsenal.
The Brighton man only played three games for us, but he impressed every single time. He has won over many fans at the Emirates, so much so, that quite a few supporters would love to see him back on a permanent deal.
Ryan still has a year left on his contract at the Amex, and this summer will be the Seagulls’ final chance to make some money through his sale. That almost certainly rules out another loan deal, which makes this a very interesting transfer window for the Australian.
The 29-year-old was asked about his future today and he didn’t give away a lot. However, he made it clear that he would love to have an option of returning to Arsenal this summer.
Maty Ryan: I hope rejoining Arsenal will be an option
He said, as per Fox Sports Australia: “I’ve got full faith in the team around me – my agent, family, friends – that we’re going to get a couple of options hopefully and go about making what’s going to be the best decision for me.
“Hopefully, Arsenal becomes one of those options as well that we can look at and see what can happen there, but at the minute it’s still quite early. The season’s just finished. I’m taking it day by day and seeing where my journey takes me.
“I’ve learnt so much in my experiences (at Arsenal) so far, all that’s being with a club like that, the resources, the personnel, the quality on the pitch, the enormity of the club on a global aspect… it was so cool to be a part of.
“It was a great experience and I was really proud of how I did and really content with how I did, and I showed that I have the capability to play at a level like that. I look forward to seeing what that little period now means for me moving forward.”
Should Arsenal re-sign Ryan?
Ryan fared really well in the few opportunities he was given. Mikel Arteta became a huge fan of his and claimed after our game against Fulham last month that the Australian ‘trains like a beast’. (Arsenal.com)
The Gunners need a new goalkeeper to come in and provide sufficient competition to Bernd Leno. The German was quite relaxed in the first half of the season as he knew that he couldn’t be displaced. That complacency led to a few errors and a ton of criticism came his way.
Arsenal simply cannot afford to let that happen again next season. A top-quality goalkeeper who will push Leno to the limits will make a real difference for us, but is Ryan really the man to do that?
An argument can be made both ways, but it all depends on our finances this summer. If Arsenal can afford to spend millions on a top-quality goalkeeper, we will probably go for it, but if Arteta prioritises big-money signings in other areas of the pitch, bringing Ryan back would arguably be the best option.