Transfer of Matt Turner to Arsenal: the comments of the American boss are musical to the ears of Mikel Arteta
American striker Matt Turner, who is the reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, is set to join Arsenal in the Premier League as second-choice goalkeeper in a £5.8million deal. pound sterling.
Arsenal are close to completing a £5.8m deal for goalkeeper Matt Turner.
The 27-year-old American isn’t a household name in England but has a fine CV, helping current New England Revolution side win the MLS Supporters’ Shield last year and become the States’ No. States in the last 12 months.
Turner was also named MVP of the prestigious 2021 MLS All-Star Game and is the competition’s reigning Goalkeeper of the Year.
At international level, he earned 14 senior caps and was part of the USA team that won the Gold Cup – Central America’s equivalent to the Euros – last year.
And Turner has a terrific reference from United States head coach Gregg Berhalter, who hailed the stopper’s “incredible” rise, having only made his international debut last year and with just four years of MLS experience at its active.
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“It’s just an amazing story and it’s all down to him, his work ethic, his confidence and his never-give-up attitude,” Berhalter said after the United States’ win over El Salvador on Thursday.
“It’s a great story and Matt is a great guy, a great teammate and we’re lucky to have him. Tonight was an example of where he did everything he needed to.
“He was calm in all situations. He wasn’t tested much but he was there when we needed him and he looked like a player who goes to Arsenal for sure.”
It will be music to Arteta’s ears, with Turner set to become Arsenal’s second-choice goalkeeper, providing cover for England international Aaron Ramsdale, 23.
Their current No 2 is Bernd Leno, although he is now believed to leave the Emirates in pursuit of regular first-team football ahead of this year’s World Cup in Qatar, after being unhappy with Arteta’s decision to dump him after Ramsdale arrives.
Former German side Bayer Leverkusen and Premier League wrestlers Newcastle are interested in signing Leno in the coming days.
“He will be desperate to leave the club,” said Arsenal legend Alan Smith when asked about Leno’s future last October. “He’s an experienced keeper. He won’t want to be No.2 any longer than necessary.
“But he can’t go knocking on the manager’s door because Ramsdale have done so well. He’s a great personality and he’s had some great saves.
“For Bernd Leno, there will be plenty of clubs after him, if he becomes an available man.”
Speaking at the same time, Gunners icon Nigel Winterburn added: “My instinct is that Bernd Leno will leave Arsenal.
“It may not be January, but it’s hard for a goalkeeper who was first choice to suddenly not be, and obviously he’s not.”