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Mikel Arteta lauds Mathew Ryan after Arsenal draw with Fulham

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Mikel Arteta lauds Mathew Ryan after Arsenal draw with Fulham

Mikel Arteta watched his team score a 97th-minute equalising goal against Fulham and then raved about Arsenal goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

After the game, he was quizzed by Football London on the decision to play the Australian custodian ahead of the current number one, Bernd Leno.

Ryan started just his second Premier League game for the Gunners since arriving on loan from Brighton in January.

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Arteta claimed that his determined mindset helped him make his decision ahead of today’s contest with their London rivals.

He told Football London: “I put Mat in goal today because he trains like a beast, he’s really positive around the place, he’s been doing very well and he deserves the chance.”

The result today does very little to enhance the prospects of Arsenal playing European football next season.

At this stage, it does seem as though the Gunners will need to win the Europa League to give themselves a tilt at Europe again next season.


Ryan is doing his chances of earning a permanent transfer to the Emirates Stadium, putting in another solid performance for the Gunners.

He has proved a decent understudy to Leno and is looking a really capable player when called upon.

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Bizarrely the goalkeeper was involved in the equalising goal. He went up with the clock ticking and managed to play a part in Nketiah’s strike.

Ryan will, of course, be judged on his goalkeeping though and largely he looks very decent.

Arteta clearly saw fit to give Ryan a chance between the posts on Sunday and it’ll be interesting to see when Leno returns to the fold.

On £35,000-a-week, Arsenal would be very wise to try and sign Ryan in the summer as a very assured understudy to Leno.

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