Arsenal have completed the loan signing of Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Mat Ryan until the end of the season, as reported by Sky Sports.
The Australia international hailed the move on his Instagram feed by revealing he grew up supporting the Gunners.
Ryan’s imminent arrival at the Emirates went under the radar, with the north London club linked to a number of keepers.
Arsenal have been looking for a suitable replacement for Emiliano Martinez since he joined Aston Villa in September.
One in, one out
Ryan’s arrival seems to spell an exit for Runar Alex Runarsson, who joined Arsenal as Martinez’s replacement but has failed to impress.
The keeper is expected to leave on loan in the coming days, according to Football.London.
The 25-year-old had a nightmare in the Carabao Cup last month against Manchester City. This led some supporters to call for another goalkeeper to come in to work alongside Bernd Leno.
They have got their wish. The 28-year-old Ryan brings plenty of experience to the squad having been Brighton’s first-choice goalkeeper for most of the past four years.
The Australian has struggled for game time this season, however. Robert Sanchez has replaced him in recent months, leaving Ryan looking for a fresh challenge.
He joins an Arsenal side that has returned to form in 2021. The Gunners have won four of their last five league matches to move into the top half of the table.
Tight at the back
Mikel Arteta’s men have kept four consecutive clean sheets in the league, which means Leno is inevitably the team’s first-choice goalkeeper at the moment.
However, Ryan will hope he can make an impression when he’s handed his chance.
Arsenal continue their defence of the FA Cup tomorrow when they travel to Southampton. The two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the league last month.
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