Arsenal have completed and confirmed the signing of Brighton and Hove goalkeeper Matt Ryan on loan for the remaining part of the season.
The 28-year-old Australia international arrives to the Emirates to boost the competition for the spot between the posts, although, in all honesty, he doesn’t look very likely to pose a serious threat to Bernd Leno in that respect. He is more likely to compete, and probably beat, Alex Runarsson for the place on the bench, with the Icelander not very impressive for the Gunners since his arrival.
That makes Ryan’s decision to leave the Amex Stadium a bit strange. Having been the first choice shot-stopper for the Seagulls for over three years, he lost his place to 23-year-old Robert Sanchez. He obviously expressed dissatisfaction with that in some way, with boss Graham Potter revealing back in December that the club would not stand in Ryan’s way in case he goes in search for pastures new and regular game-time.
But with Arsenal set in that department, Ryan isn’t very likely to be getting regular game-time in north London either. It can only be deduced that there has been some kind of a conflict between him and Potter which made him wish for a change of scenery regardless, and as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the Gunners reportedly approached Real Madrid about potentially taking Martin Odegaard on loan, and fresh reports from Spain suggest the talks are going well. In fact, so well that the deal is expected to be completed very soon, possibly today (Friday). The Gunners were facing strong competition, most notably from Real Sociedad where the Norwegian attacking midfielder spent last season on loan, but Sociedad are now preoccupied with identifying a replacement for striker Willian Jose, who is apparently on his way to join Wolverhampton Wanderers.