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Ryan signs for Arsenal



Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan has signed on loan with Arsenal for the remainder of the 2020-21 English Premier League season.


The 28 year old had fallen out of Brighton and Hove Albion, losing his spot as the number one goalkeeper at the Seagulls to Robert Sanchez, despite signing a multi year deal with the club worth more than nine million dollars in 2017.


Ryan, the Socceroos first choice stopper since 2014 has now signed with the Gunners for the remainder of the EPL campaign, now getting the opportunity to play for the club he supported as a child.


"Signing for the club you grew up supporting as a kid," wrote Ryan on Twitter. "Buzzing to be beginning this new chapter and will give everything I've got to contribute to the first club I ever loved."


"We know Mat very well through his performances with Brighton in recent seasons and he brings additional quality to our squad," Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta told the club's website.


"Mat has very good Premier League experience and has played over 100 times in the league, which is something that will benefit us greatly on and off the pitch."


Despite starting 11 of Brighton's first 12 matches in the Premier League this season, Ryan has not been called up to Brighton's matchday squad for the past seven league games.


Ryan has played 59 times for Australia, including the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups and 2015 and 2019 Asian Cups.


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