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‘Jury’s still out’: Watts believes one Arsenal player did himself no favours after Europa League performance
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‘Jury’s still out’: Watts believes one Arsenal player did himself no favours after Europa League performance

Goal.com correspondent Charles Watts is unsure about Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner after his Gunners debut.

The journalist was speaking on his YouTube channel about Arsenal’s opening Europa League match.

Watts, an Arsenal fan himself, gave his verdict on a number of Arsenal’s fringe players after the match.

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Turner joined Arsenal from New England Revolution this summer, after a £5.1m deal was agreed back in February.

The 28-year-old was brought in to compete with Aaron Ramsdale, after Bernd Leno and Runar Alex Runarsson left the club.

The American has already impressed Arteta since his arrival in England, but failed to have the same impact on Watts.

Arsenal fan Watts was unsure about his performance after the full-time whistle.

Watts unsure about Turner after debut

“Matt Turner was an interesting one, I thought he started off pretty shaky.” Watts said.

“There was a couple of moments with the ball at his feet and once when he was trying to claim a cross.

 “It was just after he’d sort of had that bit of an issue with the ball at his feet when to be fair Gabriel didn’t help him with the back pass but he just looked a bit nervy.

 “As the game went on I thought he improved Turner, he got a little bit of confidence, he came out and claimed a couple of decent crosses.

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“(He) didn’t really have to do anything in terms of shot stopping because they didn’t really threaten or have many shots on target but they did deliver a few decent balls in towards the end.

“I thought Turner sort of improved on that as the game went on, but I think certainly the jury’s still out on him a little bit.

“We’re going have to watch him a little bit more during this Europa League campaign to get proper judgment on just what sort of player he is.”

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