At 6’7 Matt Macey is a mountain of a man. He joined the club after being on the books of Bristol Rovers. Macey never made a first team appearance for the Bristol club but played a part in their Under18’s double winning team.
He joined Arsenal in October 2013 after a successful trial, with Arsenal paying Bristol Rovers £100,000 in compensation.
Macey was loaned out to Accrington Stanley on a month’s loan in January 2015, making 4 appearances for the League Two side.
The club has also included him in preseason tours and last season he was on the bench nine times in Premier League and Champions League matches. This would have given him some excellent experience with the first team squad.
In January this year, Macey was loaned out to Luton Town, also in League Two. He has impressed so far, making nine appearances to date and keeping three clean sheets. The keeper has seemed very composed in goal and his distribution has been excellent.
Luton captain Scott Cuthbert has been impressed with how dominant Macey is in the penalty area. He also is comfortable when he comes out for crosses.
With his height, he is certainly a commanding figure in the goal and his penalty area. He also seems quick coming off his line to close down on coming strikers. A very calm and composed goalkeeper which is what any defence needs behind them. He also seems a good shot stopper and for a tall man is able to get down quickly to low shots.
Petr Cech has been impressed by the young goalkeeper in training and said that Macey listens and has a willingness to learn, which will stand him in good stead.
His current contract runs until 2018 for Arsenal but I would expect the club to extend that in the summer.
With Cech at the end of his career, Wojciech Szczesny’s future up in the air and David Ospina looking likely to leave the club, Macey could be much nearer to the first team than he thinks.
Next season may come too soon for the English goalkeeper, and another season on loan, maybe to a Championship side would be more beneficial. For a goalkeeper, 22 years old is still very young, so time is on his side.
If Macey can continue to impress he may well have a big future ahead of him at the club as a future number one.