Bruce Arena says Matt Turner now needs to leave Arsenal
Turner was one of several US players who saw his stock rise while over in Qatar. The 28-year-old was picked as Gregg Berhalter’s number one at the tournament. And he started all four of their games during the tournament.
It proved to be a bittersweet time for the Americans. There is certainly a debate to be had regarding whether they managed to surpass expectations. But Turner was definitely one player who impressed.
Turner needs to leave Arsenal
The last 16 tie with the Netherlands saw the first time Turner was beaten from open play. He made some important saves. But, perhaps more importantly, he appeared to be an assured presence between the sticks.
Of course, Turner doubled his number of appearance for the season for club and country. He went into the World Cup having played just four times for the Gunners having joined as an understudy to Aaron Ramsdale.
Turner would have been under no illusions regarding his position in the pecking order when he joined. But Arena – who has managed the national team on two occasions – has now urged Turner to leave the Emirates to ensure that he does not lose his place.
“Matt can’t be at fault for the three goals against and made several great saves in the second half to keep the US alive in the game. Like the team, this was the first time he was truly tested at the World Cup,” he told MLS Soccer, as he reflected on his display on Saturday.
“Now, Matt’s going to fall in line with the likes of Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller one day. He has to move out of Arsenal to start playing on a regular basis, but he’s proven himself to be a very good goalkeeper for the US.”
‘He has to move’
The World Cup may perhaps be the kind of competition which does make Turner rethink his current plans. It was a big call to pick him while also leaving Zach Steffen out of the squad altogether.
That may perhaps be one rivalry to keep an eye on over the next four years ahead of 2026.
Turner has the gloves right now. However, Arena is probably right to suggest that sitting on the bench at Arsenal may not do him too many favours.
It will be interesting to see if the goalkeeper takes a similar view over the next few months.