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ESPN pundit says Arsenal's Matt Turner hasn't improved at all this season
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ESPN pundit says Arsenal's Matt Turner hasn't improved at all this season

Craig Burley has claimed on ESPN FC that Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner has not progressed at all since joining the Gunners in the summer.

Mikel Arteta’s side brought the American in from MLS side New England Revolution back in August. Turner has played four times in the Europa League since, keeping three clean sheets and conceding just one goal, which is a solid record.

Burley, however, believes he’s done nothing at Arsenal yet.

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ESPN pundit says Arsenal’s Matt Turner hasn’t improved at all this season

Turner replaced Bernd Leno at Arsenal in the summer and he knew very well that he’d be the second-choice goalkeeper at the club behind Aaron Ramsdale.

The Englishman has been absolutely incredible for the Gunners since he joined them last year. He is the undisputed number one at the club, and that’s the reason why Turner has spent more time on the bench than on the field this season.

That, however, didn’t stop his international boss Gregg Berhalter from claiming that Turner has improved a lot since joining Mikel Arteta’s side over three months ago.

Burley completely disagrees.

He said, as quoted by HITC: “It was Gregg Berhalter, some people pick up on it and some don’t. He was talking about Matt Turner and how he’s really progressed in the last six months. I mean, who is buying that?

“Matt Turner has been a really good goalkeeper at New England Revolution. Coached by one of my best friends, Kevin Hitchcock. But he has got his move to Arsenal and he hasn’t played because of Aaron Ramsdale. How do you progress when you are sitting on the bench 99% of the time? 

“Please don’t tell us he has progressed in the last six months. He has progressed over the last two or three years to where he is now and then getting a move to Arsenal. But not in the last six months because he has been sat on his backside.”

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That does seem a little harsh.

Turner definitely hasn’t played a lot of football for Arsenal this season, but his improvement is evident for everyone to see. The American had his issues with the ball at his feet – his Europa League debut against FC Zurich in Switzerland will show you that.

However, his improvement has been consistent from that point, and he hasn’t conceded a goal since.

Turner and Arsenal both deserve more credit from Burley. Maybe the American’s performances for USMNT in the World Cup will change his mind…..or ours.

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