New Arsenal signing saying goodbyes to family – friends – is ready for Gunners challenge
Matt Turner has admitted that he is ready for a new challenge as he prepared to say goodbye to his team-mates ahead of his Arsenal move
Turner is set to officially join the Gunners this summer after the premier League giants made the decision early in the season to sign the American big man
Turner was named MLS goalkeeper of the year last season, has made 109 appearances for New England Revolution and has 16 caps for the USA – it has been hailed as a smart move from Arsenal to sign the stopper.
He intends to play one last game for the Revolution to say goodbye to his friends and fans before joining his wife in London, and he has admitted that he is ready for the new challenge – while also admitting he wants to make it to the world cup this year
“Those same people are probably the ones that were saying that because I play in MLS, I don’t deserve to play for the national team,” Turner said on MLSsoccer.com
“So it’s hard for me to swallow all the things that people say from time to time. I’m going to go out there, I’m going to put my best foot forward. I think it’s definitely a step up for me, and I’m going to take this as far as I can do it.”
“Well, I’ve been playing pretty well in MLS for the better part of three years now. And given the environment of transfers for goalkeepers in particular, this is the first real interest, first real offer that I’ve had,”
“And I’ve been trying to make things happen for quite some time. So it seemed like the right time for me.
“Being a week in, week out starter in MLS didn’t guarantee me to be a starter here for the national team, and going to the World Cup, I obviously want to play games. So I need to shake things up in my club career and I think this is a positive step forward, for me in the long term and in the immediate future.”
“I still have a little business to take care of over in Foxborough, one more game,” said Turner. “I’m hoping that it’ll be a nice little send-off and I can say bye to the fans and people that are so close to my heart, that really welcomed me to the area. It’s pretty emotional, though, overall, with everything because it’s where I first became a professional.
“It’s where I became a man. It’s where I fell in love. It’s where I got married. It’s where I found out I was having my first child. So a lot of firsts in that area. And it’s going to be tough to leave behind, for sure. But I think I’m ready. I know who I am. And I know I’m ready for a new challenge.”