Big makes spoke to Tierney before sealing Arsenal deal, Legend announces Ozil could have been a great, Stopper OFFICIALLY completes deal, Parlour on Ramsey return and Saliba fires Arsenal message
Macey makes Tierney admission, ozil could have been a great, Macey thanks Arsenal, Saliba fires Arsenal message, Ramsey return in Arsenal roundup…
Matt Macey has revealed that he spoke to Arsenal star Kieran Tierney about a move to Scottish Football.
The goalkeeper announced his desire to leave Arsenal last summer after finding his first-team chances very limited, and has been hoping that there would be a chance to leave the club this transfer window.
And after a few weeks of talks, The 26-year-old has now elected to join Hibernian foe the next few seasons and he revealed it was his Arsenal team-mate, Tierney, who told him to make the switch: “I spoke to Kieran Tierney at length about the opportunity to come to Hibs, about Scottish football and the country in general,” Macey said on the club website
“Kieran was really positive about every aspect of it, whether it was the club or Edinburgh itself.
“As I said, I was already keen to come but it was good to hear him talk so enthusiastically about it all. He backed up the gut feeling I had.
“Kieran’s someone I have a lot of time for and he’s probably one of the first names on the team-sheet – if not the first – at Arsenal just now.”
🆕 Matt Macey is a Hibee! 👊
📝 We're pleased to confirm the signing of the 6ft 7in, 26-year-old goalkeeper from Arsenal, subject to international clearance.
💪 Matt will compete with Ofir Marciano and Kevin Dabrowski for a starting spot.
— Hibernian FC (@HibernianFC) January 8, 2021
Ray Parlour has backed Aaron Ramsey to return to English football, although he doubts that it will be with the Arsenal.
The Welshman was a key player for the Gunners as he made more than 350 appearances for the club over a decade in north London, but after failing to agree a new contract at the Emirates, he left for Juventus on a free transfer in 2019.
However, The 30-year-old has struggled for form and fitness since joining the Serie A giants – and has featured in just ten league matches this term – with most of appearances coming off the bench, with reports continually linking him back with a move to English football.
And there has been some shock rumours that Arsenal will decide to make an offer to bring him back to the Emirates, and although Parlour believes Ramsey will return to Emirates – he isnt sure whether that will be in a Gunners shirt
When asked if Ramsey could head back to north London, Parlour said on the TalkSport website: “I’m not too sure. He’s doing well at Juventus at the moment and enjoying his football.
“He’s been a top professional his whole career, the way he conducted himself when he left Arsenal.
“He probably wanted to stay but at that moment in time they didn’t want to give him the wages he wanted.
“He was a brilliant player and I’m sure one day he will come back. He’ll probably finish his career in England – we don’t know where it’s gonna be.
“He could go back to Cardiff.”
William Saliba is happy to be back playing at Nice as he opened up on his difficult start to life at Arsenal.
Regarded very highly in the game, Arsenal made the decision two transfer windows ago to spend £27 million on the lad in hope that he could arrive this season and make a big impact on the side.
But he failed to make any impact on the Arsenal side, struggled to even get into the Arsenal squad and was ultimately send out on-loan for the next few months in order to get some game time with French outfit Nice.
Saliba was hoping to make his breakthrough at Arsenal this season but says he will now give his all for the French club and look to prove his quality: “My first six months were difficult, because I was coming from six months where I wasn’t able to train because I was at home, and couldn’t train outside, couldn’t play,” he said.
“I arrived there as they were finishing the league season, so I was training alone. As soon as they came back from holidays, we quickly had the first friendly matches where I lacked rhythm and was a bit insufficient physically. The coach immediately told me that I was not ready.
“I would have at least liked to have a chance to rediscover my rhythm. But this is football, it’s like that.”
He added: “I have signed a six month contract, after these six months we will see what happens. But for now I have signed for six months, I am going to give my all, and then we will see.”
The lad is very talented, so it was a shame that he didnt get his chance, but it would not be a shock to see him make a permanent move away at the end of the season either.
New Hibs signing Matt Macey has has thanked Arsenal after deciding to leave the club this transfer window.
The 26-year-old had been at Arsenal since October 2013, joining from Bristol Rovers, but made just two first team appearances, he has spent a number of spells out on loan, most recently at Plymouth Argyle.
He was on the bench for last season’s FA Cup final, collecting a winners’ medal as part of the matchday squad, but after taking the decision to leave the club to try and forge a career for himself, Macey has penned a contract at Easter Road that will run until the end of the season.
“They gave me a great education and I’ve had the chance to work with some amazing coaches and players,” he said on the club website
“I had some incredible experiences, especially on the road for some big games. You also get plenty of practice in training trying to save shots from some world class attackers.
“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sticks out. He has a real killer instinct. In some sessions it can feel like a bonus just to save one or two of his shots.
“When I was younger I was a bit more starstruck by it but there comes a point when you want to make an impact yourself.
“I always took my responsibilities there seriously. You can still make an impact in your own way by working to a high level and challenging the people around you in training, but I feel like I’m at a point when I really want to be playing games.”
Martin Keown believes Mesut Ozil had the talent to be Arsenal’s greatest ever player – but lacked the commitment of someone like Kieran Tierney.
Ozil’s topsy-turvy seven-and-a-half years at the Emirates looks set to end by the end of the January window as he looks for a move to Turkish Giants Fenerbahce, who have reportedly agreed a deal with the German star.
The 32-year-old splits opinion, from those who consider him a victim of the whole saga to those who see him as a player that just cares about the money and his lifestyle off the pitch, but no-one has ever doubted his quality.
And Keown has opened up and told the Germans star that he had the potential to be one of the greatest ever players for Arsenal:“It hurts me that a player of that talent can’t get on the football pitch, it’s a crying shame,” Keown told White and Jordan on talkSPORT.
“For me, he doesn’t go down as a legend, because he doesn’t match the energy and determination of legends that I’ve seen at that football club.
“If he had Tierney’s determination, coupled with that ability, he might’ve gone down as the best player ever to play for Arsenal.
“He’s become calculated in the way that he’s undermining the club with tweets, and I think it’s now time to go.”
He added: “Two-and-a-half years ago when Atletico Madrid knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League, I watched very closely and it felt like he was conning the fans.
“He wasn’t giving everything for the shirt; I accused him of crocodile tears, it felt like something was very wrong.
“That was two-and-a-half years ago, and my opinion hasn’t changed.
“There was a session of illnesses, a mystery back injury, away games he wasn’t available. Is there a problem with the player? Is he conning us? Eventually he’ll write a book and we’ll get to know the whole story.
“But if you’ve got that much talent and you’re not getting picked, you can’t be giving 100 per cent, and that was happening two-and-a-half years ago.
“He [the agent] accused me of jealousy and not being worthy; I think the 449 games for Arsenal qualify me, I’m not sure how many the agent has played.
“My eyes don’t lie. Statistics tell you an amazing story about Ozil, which I don’t think is convincing.”
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