It is a surprise that a player who has been at Arsenal for four years and is hardly a spring chicken at 23 years old, Matt Macey is only set to make his first competitive appearance for the Gunners in tonight’s League Cup clash against Norwich. I guess that it was always going to be hard with Petr Cech, David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny ahead of you in the pecking order, but with the Pole having been sold to Juventus and David Ospina out injured, the ex-Bristol Rovers keeper will finally get his chance.
Macey does have some experience having made 11 appearances wile on a two month loan at Luton Town earlier this year, and has been named on the bench for the senior Arsenal side on many occasions. He is an imposing figure at 6ft 6in tall and has the makings of being a future Arsenal Number One with both Cech and Ospina both well into their thirties.
Cech himself has trained with Macey for some time and has previously backed him to make it to the first team. He said: “One thing that is very positive is Matt is very into the work and is willing to improve, to learn and take information on board and understand what it takes to be in the first-team,” Petr said on Arsenal.com. “That is very important because being a part of the first-team is one thing but staying there and continuing to develop is another. He is constantly willing to improve and learn and this gives him a chance to get better and to stay in the first-team.”
“When you are young, you want everything to happen quickly and certain things that don’t go perfectly or go your way can put you off a little bit. But the older players have the job to let the younger ones know that everything takes time and to keep working and it will happen,”
“In that way it is easy to work with Matt because he has that willingness to work and to improve and, when you see things happening, you can just say to relax this, try to do this or don’t try to do this.
“Just little things that can help people to understand there are ways to do things that are probably better than what they are doing or upgrade what they are doing. Football is about small details and you can help people do better.”
Well we will all be able to see him in action tonight, and I am sure he will be very keen to give a good impression on his debut. There is every chance he will be our first choice for many years to come…..