Arsenal has on Monday confirmed the signing of backup goalkeeper Matt Turner from MLS side New England Revolution on a long term contract.
The 28-year-old has so far made 18 appearances for native country USA following his international debut back in January 2021. He has also been part of the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners as he also led to the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification in Qatar.
“Matt made 102 appearances for New England Revolution during his six years with the MLS side, being voted both the fans’ and teammates Most Valuable Player in 2020.
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In August 2021 he was selected to represent the MLS in the 2021 MLS All-Star Game, where he saved two penalties and was voted MVP. Matt also spent a successful loan spell in the United Soccer League with Richmond Kickers in 2016 at the start of his time with New England Revolution.” Said Arsenal
Speaking after the news was Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta who termed Matt as an experienced goalkeeper who will bring high quality to the club.
“Matt is an experienced goalkeeper who will bring high quality to our squad. He has shown with his performances in recent years in both the MLS and at international level with the United States that he is a goalkeeper who will give us added strength going into next season. We welcome Matt and his family to the club and we look forward to working together in the years to come.” Said Arteta.
“We are delighted that Matt is joining us. Matt is a goalkeeper with established qualities and experience, who will be a great addition to our squad. We identified Matt some time ago and worked hard to ensure that his transfer was complete so he could join us in time for our pre-season in July. We now look forward to Matt joining us, settling into his new home and working ahead of next season.” Said Technical Director Edu
The US International will wear the number 30 jersey as is expected to join his new teammates for pre-season training.