The Athletic’s David Ornstein has revealed the reasoning behind Arsenal allowing goalkeeper Matt Macey to leave the club to join Hibernian.
Long serving stopper Macey finally completed a move away from Arsenal last week, moving north of the border to sign for Hibs.
The Gunners signed Alex Runarsson after allowing Emi Martinez to leave, but are believed to still be in the market for a new ‘keeper after Runarsson’s horror display against Manchester City.
But writing in his column for The Athletic, Ornstein revealed Arsenal’s faith in young Estonian goalkeeper, Karl Hein, influenced Mikel Arteta’s decision to allow Macey to leave the club.
“Arsenal also have a highly-rated Estonian goalkeeper, Karl Hein, and the 18-year-old qualifies as homegrown in the summer. That helps mitigate for the exit of Matt Macey to Hibernian,” wrote Ornstein.
Hein has yet to appear at first-team level for the Gunners but has been a regular in the Premier League 2 and also appeared in the EFL Trophy this term.
A smart move, for Macey above anything else – TBR View
Looking purely at Macey’s situation, he needed this move really to kickstart his career. At 26, he couldn’t just simply float along at Arsenal and hope his chance came about somehow.
The signing of Runarsson, plus the apparent faith here in Hein, means Macey was unlikely to ever really get a chance.
For Hein, he’ll have to keep working hard and look to learn from the likes of Bernd Leno, while he’ll see last season’s stand-in stopper Martinez as something of an inspiration as well.