Chelsea new boy Gabriel Slonina congratulates Matt Turner after his Arsenal debut
Chelsea and Arsenal dipped into the American market for new goalkeepers this summer – the Blues signed Gabriel Slonina from Chicago Fire and Arsenal snapped up Matt Turner from New England Revolution.
The West Londoners splashed £12 million to sign the talented teenager (Standard). Slonina is highly rated back home in America, and he is viewed by many as the heir to Turner’s throne in the USMNT.
Gabriel Slonina congratulates Matt Turner after his Arsenal debut
Arsenal signed Turner to replace Bernd Leno in their squad. The American was brought in as a backup to Aaron Ramsdale, who is the undisputed number one at the Emirates.
Turner, a boyhood Arsenal fan, was handed his debut against FC Zurich in the Europa League on Thursday. It was a dream come true for the 28-year-old, and it’s safe to say that he enjoyed the evening in Switzerland.
The American posted a few pictures of himself from his debut on Instagram yesterday. He revealed that it was a ‘special moment’ for him and his family, before thanking the Arsenal fans who travelled all the way to Switzerland to support the Gunners.
Turner’s post was greeted with plenty of congratulatory messages. One of them came from Chelsea’s new boy Solnina, who seems delighted for his older compatriot.
“Congratulations! Buzzing for you mate!” he commented under Turner’s post on Instagram yesterday.
Turner looked shaky
Arsenal dominated the game against FC Zurich, but it wasn’t really a comfortable victory as they were made to work really hard by the Swiss outfit.
Turner didn’t have a lot to do in terms of saves, but he did get himself into trouble once. The American gave the ball away while trying to play his way out of a dangerous situation and that almost cost Arsenal a goal. Thankfully, the post came to his rescue.
The 28-year-old still has a lot to work on. His distribution isn’t at the required level yet, and he did seem too slow to come out and deal with danger on a couple of occasions.
That, however, may just be down to the fact that he was a bit too excited on his debut. Arsenal fans will be hoping he’ll fare a lot better when they take on PSV at the Emirates on Thursday.
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