Arsenal target confirms interest but is likely to turn down offer

Well, this has come as a bit of a surprise to me as I thought this deal was absolutely nailed on, and in fact I thought it would have been an excellent buy for Arsenal.

I am of course talking about the New England Revolution keeper Matt Turner, who has previously said that he would be keen to play in Europe one day, and I would have thought would have been over the moon to move to a massive club like Arsenal, albeit as backup keeper to Aaron Ramsdale.

But, now it appears the USA international is in two minds about whether to accept, because his country are set to appear at the World Cup in Qatar, and Turner is worried that he would lose any chance of representing his country if he is not playing first team football, even though the USA coach has told him that he would only be there as backup to Zack Steffen.

When asked about his possible transfer, Turner was quoted in HITC as saying: “It is true that there is interest (from Europe),”

“It all comes down to what is best for me. The World Cup is 10 months away, I want to make a smart decision. I feel good where I am now and how far I have come.

“But I would like to challenge myself one day.”

You can understand his point of view as I can’t see Ramsdale not playing (barring injury of course), which would make it even more unlikely he would be playing in Qatar.

But this also could give Arteta and Leno a big problem, as it looks like the German was very keen to move to Newcastle this month, which would have given Arteta some extra funds to play with.

With just 5 days left in the transfer window, Arteta will find it hard to find an alternative to replace Leno if Turner turns down this opportunity…

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  1. As to Arsenal’s January Transfer Policy!!

    Couched In the immortal words of Freddy Mercury:…..

    Another one bites the dust!!

    Does this mean that Leno has to stay, since I believe we loaned out our young third string goalkeeper?

    1. It’s been a tremendous window @Kev82. I see more action looking outta my villa window back at home here

  2. We need Luka Jovic who is a quality footballer. He doesn’t have the height of Dusan Vlahovic, but he is a better technical player and has great timing. If he played regularly he would be a hit.

    1. I don’t see he can be suited for Arteta’a plan if he doesn’t have height…
      Arteta’s much used tactics are crossing from byline through Tierney and for that you need big strong and powerful CF

      1. Kedar

        He is a highly skilled player, and tall enough…..check him out. His goals are of a much higher quality than Dusan Vlahovic.

  3. I can remember Edu &MA saying in September,that they had already identified their targets for the winter transfer window.what happened to that??

  4. Who is the 3rd in line goalie in the current Arsenal 1st team squad? Is Arthur Okonkwo the one? Is he not a top quality young goalkeeper who can trusted to hold the line across the 2 sticks unbreached for Arsenal when he’s called upon to stand in for Ramsdale?

    If the answer to my question is yes. Then Arteta should not loose faith in Okonkwo but confidence in him to be the correct backup goalie to Ramsdale fot Arsenal 2nd half of the season campaign this season. But not have the club sign the US backup goalie Turner for Arsenal this January window.

    Arteta has a decision in his hands as concern the Arsenal backup goalie to make to decide if he still has to keep or not keep Leno at Arsenal as the 1st choice backup goalie to Ramsdale or not this winter window. But loan him to Newcastle this Jan window with an irreversible obligation given to Arsenal by Newcastle to buy him at the end of the season for a certain amount of money agreed to by both clubs at the time the loan deal goes through.

  5. If the this January transfer reads I’ve read yesterday and today on various media outlets are correct to be rely on. Then, there is no gain saying by us Gooners to say Arsenal have missed out on two of their primary incoming transfer targets – Dusan Vlahovic and Arthur Melo this January window.

    But I a Gooner for life will not cry over the Arsenal miss out on Vlahovic and Melo signings this winter. For, us Gooners never can tell if it were two fired bullets that missed hitting Arsenal when Jeventus pushed them away. Thinking they were smarter than Arsenal are. Those two miss outs whom Arsenal have missed out on them could turnout at the end the duo are Buendia in one who turned down Arsenal to join Aston Villa.

    But where is Buendia now footballingly? Had he joined Arsenal, he might have become a better player than he was at Norwich. And become far better than he is currently is at Villa.

    Because this is what Arsenal does making players who join them better ones than they previously were at their former clubs. But if they heed to instructions at Arsenal not rebel against them. .

  6. Arsenal, after loaning Torreira, Guendouzi, Saliba, Maripanos and AMN, has now sold Calum Chambers to Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.
    Chambers in his 8 years at Arsenal has proved a utility player at RB, CB and DM. Too bad if Arsenal gets more injuries, because unless players are bought in, the cupboard is emptying. Douglas Luiz the other way?
    With a week to go the January window is not looking good!

  7. After watching AMN, Chambers, Kolasinac, Aubameyang…no longer part of the Arsenal set up, and no incoming striker or midfielders being signed, 4th place and Europe have been given up by the whole Arsenal set up. As a supporter I am shocked at how meekly we surrender. Seeing other rival teams grow in strength, whilst we leak players without any replacements, to me is negligence. The Arsenal whimper. We are always a hairs breadth from negligent mismanagement. Many supporters seem to accept it. It’s really mismanagement and we have given January up to our rivals like a toothless tiger. What a wimpish club we have become. No success in any way this season.

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