Arsenal are starting to lay the groundwork for a hectic summer transfer window with expected changes in almost every position on the squad. The goalkeeper was temporarily watched over the winter period with the arrival of Mat Ryan, and a decision on his long-term future appears to have been made.
The arrival of Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon in the summer of 2020 brought a mixed response. On the one hand, his record was dismal, while also committing for a measly £ 1.5million and was personally selected by goalkeeper coach Inaki Cana. His record continued.
Runarsson was risky with the ball and most importantly useless with his hands, two unfortunate traits to possess when your job involves the regular use of both. His Europa League experience offered only tiny hints of talent with his ominous aspects, and then a calamity performance against Manchester City confirmed he was far from his depth.
Thus the acquisition of Mat Ryan loaned out from Brighton in January turned out to be a smart deal: experienced in the Premier League, dedicated to the cause as he supports the club and does not need a long period of integration.
Arsenal make transfer decision on Mat Ryan’s future as summer transfer window looms
His only outing so far has been a fine performance against Aston Villa, and although he hasn’t played since, he has impressed the club long enough to secure a permanent contract.
According to football.londonRyan is now “expected” to sign a full-time contract once his AMEX stadium contract ends at the end of next season. Being in disgrace under Graham Potter ensures Arsenal will not need to break the bank, although the duration of the offer to be offered is not mentioned.
Ideally wanting a younger, local stopper to come as a Bernd LenoIt’s liner, if the goals cannot be acquired in the summer, then even a one-year contract for Ryan acts as a more than adequate stopgap.
With so much to maintain this summer and no obvious concerns about Ryan’s suitability as a No.2, so the logic is there at a small expense for a seasoned goalie. Freddie Woodman continues to impress with Swansea and any movement for him or for David Raya may be put on hold for another season.