Matt Turner insists that he has not joined Arsenal to be second choice

The new Arsenal signing Matt Turner, who was finally confirmed as joining us in the summer from New England Revolution, is used to having to work his way up from the bottom and to win his place by sheer hard work.

Having decided to become a keeper later than most lads, he was not considered for the MLS draft and had to do a scholarship at the age of 22 after a pre-season trial and work his way up to the first team. In just two years he made his MLS debut, and two years later (2020) was named their MVP. Then just a year later was called up to the USA Mens Team and was quickly promoted to Number One.

He has made it clear he not moving to the Emirates to become a benchwarmer. “When I got my first chance with the national team, it was only as a No. 3,” Turner said in the Standard.

“No one ever really took me seriously, so I’m not going over there just to collect a cheque and ride off into the sunset.

“I’m going to push myself, I’m going to push Aaron and continue to help him get better and help myself get better.”

The boy from New Jersey has proved himself to be a fighter to get to the very top, and he doesn’t intend to stop now that he has earned a place in one of the Premier League’s top teams.

“You dream. You don’t really see a clear path of how it’s going to happen, but you just trust the work and trust your dream every single day, and continue to work hard, be self-aware, know what you need to work on, and listen to your coaches around you.

“I understand that it’s really challenging to get your foot in the door, so it’s really hard to say no to not only the chance to go fulfil a dream, but also to go challenge myself at the highest level and play for one of the biggest, most recognisable brands in the world in Arsenal.”

You just have to admire his determination and confidence. He certainly has proven to me that he will try his damnest to displace Aaron Ramsey once he is given a chance to prove himself.

Watch out Aaron, you’ve got some real competition!

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10 Comments

    1. Leno didn’t change.. He was always error prone and I remember many saying it before he was announced. My problem with Leno mainly was his communication.. He didn’t alert or direct the defence and that’s why we had a shakey defence with him.

  1. All 2nd choice keepers say that. Its not like they’re gonna say “hey, I’m there just to sit on bench, worry not”

  2. Good that that’s his ambition. At the moment Ramsdale is totally at a high and consistent level and emotionally connected to Arsenal. With Matt Turner it’s purely words at the moment, but with Aaron Ramsdale it’s real actions. Ramsdale is earning his stripes.

  3. He will definitely come in and push Ramsdale to continue to perform at a high level. Don’t think he will become the number 1 GK, but he has been underestimated from his start, and has proved all his doubters wrong so far.

    This will only help Arsenal and both Keepers, and I think many Arsenal fans will be pleased with him when they see him play.

  4. Wow this is getting interesting and I like this kind of challenges, it will make both of em to perform at da highest level COYG. YaGunnerYa

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