Mikel Arteta lauds Mat Ryan’s ‘experience’ after Australian goalkeeper joins Arsenal

Jack Rathborn
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Arsenal unveil new loan signing Mat Ryan (Getty)
Arsenal unveil new loan signing Mat Ryan (Getty)

Mikel Arteta insists Mat Ryan's "experience" will prove valuable to Arsenal after the Australian goalkeeper joined on loan from Brighton.

Ryan lost his place for the Seagulls earlier this season with Robert Sanchez installed as Graham Potter’s No 1.

But after Runar Runarsson struggled when afforded an opportunity this season for the Gunners, Arteta has moved to bring in more reliability behind Bernd Leno.

Mikel Arteta said: “We know Mat very well through his performances with Brighton in recent seasons and he brings additional quality to our squad.

"Mat has very good Premier League experience and has played over 100 times in the league, which is something that will benefit us greatly on and off the pitch.

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“We welcome Mat to Arsenal and look forward to working with him this season.”

While Technical Director Edu underlined Arsenal’s delight at securing a “proven talent” in the Premier League.

“Mat is an experienced goalkeeper, a proven talent in the Premier League and has also played many internationals for Australia.

Ryan has signed on loan for ArsenalGetty
Ryan has signed on loan for ArsenalGetty

“Mat will further strengthen our squad with his experience and knowledge of playing at the highest level.

"Following Matt Macey’s recent move to Hibernian, Mat will provide very good competition and positive support to all our goalkeepers and we are looking forward to him integrating quickly into the set-up here at Arsenal.”