“I wonder about Matty Ryan” Arsenal urged to move for Brighton man

Arsenal is on the lookout for a new number 2 after Alex Runarsson proves to them that he isn’t the answer.

The Iceland goalkeeper was brought in last summer after the Gunners had sold Emi Martinez to Aston Villa.

While Martinez was solid competition for Bernd Leno, Runarsson has been anything but a challenge to the German.

In the few games that he has played for Arsenal, he has been error-prone and the club is now being urged to find a replacement for him, less than 6 months after he joined.

Alex Crook of TalkSPORT says that Mikel Arteta wants to get rid of the Iceland international and replace him with another capable goalie.

He says that Spaniard likes Brentford’s David Raya, but suggests that he can also make a move for out-of-favour Matthew Ryan.

Ryan has lost his first-team place at Brighton, but he was a decent goalkeeper before that happened.

“Arsenal let Emi Martinez go to Aston Villa at the start of the season and it doesn’t look the wisest of moves now,” Crook told talkSPORT.

“Alex Runarsson who came in to replace him as back-up to Bernd Leno just isn’t up to the job, and I think Mikel Arteta has realised that after his error-strewn performance against Man City in the Carabao Cup.

“They’re willing to let go out on loan, but of course they will need to bring in some kind of replacement.

“I know Mikel Arteta remains a fan of David Raya at Brentford, but I’ll be surprised if they let him go in this window – possibly that could happen in the summer.

“I wonder about Matty Ryan down at Brighton. He’s lost his place in the team and has been told he can leave if a club comes in for him.”

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  1. Sue says:

    Just came across this:
    Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno and midfielder Emile Smith Rowe are in discussions with the club over new contracts. #AFC #Gunners

    Sweet 🙂

    1. Sue says:

      Oh and Poch finally gets his hands on a trophy 😝

      1. Zamani says:

        And how easy was that compared to being at the Spuds…

  2. ozziegunner says:

    Matt Ryan is not a decent goal keeper, but a very good one
    I can’t remember any mistakes he has made for either Brighton or Australia, so his demotion to number two, may only be a matter of opinion by the manager, or the club putting faith in the future of the younger goalkeeper.
    Australia has a history of producing excellent goal keepers over the years; Mark Bosnich, Mark Schwarzer and Marr Ryan. He would not let Arsenal down, if prepared to come.

  3. Atid says:

    Most clubs struggle to keep 2 good goalkeepers happy. Hence Martinez or Leno had to go, we punted for the much more experienced one, gambled on another more experienced one letting the lass experienced one go and it hasn’t paid off. Personally I would go for Ruffier on a 6 month deal or take a punt on our youngsters. But no reason why Leno can’t play every match barring injuries.

    1. ken1945 says:

      After watching Leno against Newcastle, I think he proved his doubters wrong once again.

      But why did we ever sign this keeper?
      Who recommended him and who sanctioned the deal?

      I feel sorry for the guy, inasmuch he must be absolutely devastated and shell shocked – more wasted time and money in my opinion.

      Great news about Leno and ESR from Sue.
      Perhaps we are finally seeing the club acting in a positive way – am I right in thinking that it just leaves Lacs to be sorted out?

      1. Sue says:

        Yes, Ken.. I believe talks will take place in the summer 🤞 I wonder if Luiz will be offered another year?

  4. Grandad says:

    I watched Matt Macey for Hibs against Celtic earlier this week and he was excellent.Why was he never given a real chance at Arsenal? Like you OG I think Ryan of Brighton is a very good keeper.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Grandad, like you, I can’t understand the treatment of Matt Macey and Emi Martinez before him, in the limited opportunities Arsenal gave them. In my view we wasted time, effort and money on Ospina.

  5. Hatchy says:

    I’d be more then happy if we get Ryan as our 2nd keeper, he’s better then a lot of people tend to think. He’ll be better then Runarrson that’s for sure.

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