“I think that is really smart” Campbell supports Arsenal’s transfer plan

Former Arsenal man, Kevin Campbell has thrown his support behind reports that the Gunners are working to sign Mat Ryan permanently.

They signed the Australian goalkeeper on-loan from Brighton in the January transfer window as a backup to Bernd Leno.

The Gunners had replaced the long-serving Emi Martinez with Alex Runarsson in the summer.

But the Iceland international proved to be money not well spent, which forced them back in the market in January for Ryan.

Boyhood Arsenal fan, Ryan, has provided more quality as a deputy for the Gunners since he has been at the club.

Having lost his place as Brighton’s first choice, the Gunners want to keep him at the Emirates permanently.

Campbell says he is worth signing because he has been in fine form when he has played.

He suggested that signing him for £4million would be “cheap money” and the Gunners should get the deal done.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the likely permanent signing of Ryan, Campbell said: “I think that is really smart.

“Mat Ryan is enjoying it at Arsenal and they’ve enjoyed having him at the club. He is an Arsenal fan so he has that love for the club as well.

“If we can get him for £4million that is cheap money. Let’s be honest £4million is nothing these days.

“It would definitely be good business to get him signed on a permanent deal because he is a good backup option to have.”

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  1. Be nice to bring in a player who loves the club and has been a supporter. Maybe that little extra that they will give where mercenaries like Willian are happy to stroll about and cash their weekly wages.

  2. all the time arsenal are “smart” in transfer market. please, tell us where has the smartness taken arsenal to? you guys are not just realistic! penny wise, pound foolish.

    1. Sell Leno, Buy Ryan as a no.2 then go all out for Donnarumma who is possibly available on a free.

      Leno’s fee would cover the costs of ryan’s fee, donnarumma’s signing on fee and both their wages.

      That for me is a no brainer.

  3. Obviously I have nothing against the notion of having an Arsenal “fan” on the roster, but I certainly wouldn’t use that as a determining factor…we need to be far more diligent when it comes to our recruitment decisions, which clearly wasn’t the case when we brought Runar into the fold…I’m of the opinion however that whenever we do ultimately sign another Keeper that individual should exhibit particular traits…these traits aren’t random or determined on a whim, they’re tried and tested measurables, and although they don’t necessarily guarantee success, they greatly increase that possibility

    we know that more often than not, particularly in more recent times, taller Keepers have fared better in the top divisions, so that should be a prerequisite…we know that if you intend to play out from the back you will need to employ a Keeper with above average distribution skills, both with his hands and more especially with his feet…we know that if you’ve traditionally had difficulties defending set pieces and/or you’re in the process of redefining/rebuilding your defensive ranks, which could include several less experienced players, you should look for a candidate who has a definitive commanding presence in and around the box…of course, there are other quantifiable traits that most professional clubs will utilize during the evaluation process, but I would suggest that our club would be best served if any future Keeper exhibited the aforementioned characteristics, above all others

  4. Matt deal is a no brainer, rather have Joe Hart than Leno any day. With Joe Hart nobody expects anything, with Leno some people (not me) expect something and he delivers (not for us but for the opposition) If he starts this week, kiss goodbye to EL and future UCL chances. A league one GK to be honest, just because he cost 20M that does not justify his quality. Tranfer fees and wages do not define quality and output all the time.

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