Mike Arteta makes Ryan admission after completing shock Arsenal deal
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will wait to see how Mat Ryan performs before deciding to make his loan deal permanent or not.
After letting Emiliano Martinez leave the club in the summer transfer window, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta knew that he needed to add a better back up to Bernd Leno than Alex Runarrson, who has not impressed so far in his Arsenal career.
That meant that Arteta was hoping the board would allow him to spend some money in the transfer window to help improve his squad, and bring in a back-up for Leno that has proven himself in the Premier League, and they managed that with the signing of Ryan
But Arteta says Arsenal will wait to see how Mat Ryan performs before deciding to make his loan deal permanent or not, The Gunners boss said: “I don’t know, he’s just arrived. It’s a loan deal and he still has a contract with Brighton and we will assess to see how he performs, see how he adapts, what we need in the future. It’s still too early to decide.
“He is a player who knows the league really well, he has played so many games, he has international experience, he is at the right age, he has been competing regularly until December I think.
“We felt with the departure of Matt Macey, we needed another keeper in the team to give more protection so we looked at the market and we wanted a loan deal and we decided to go with Mat because he had the right profile for us.
Asked what Ryan’s arrival will mean for Alex Runarsson, Arteta add: “That area of the squad needs three goalkeepers and they need to compete with each other, challenge each other and everyone will get their role.
“After you have your role, you just have to support each other again to get the best out of each other. This is the role, come here and try to make it better.”