'Remarkable' 27-year-old will reportedly have Arsenal medical on Wednesday, he shares what Arteta's told him
Sky Sports have revealed that Matt Turner will have his Arsenal medical on Wednesday next week, and the American has shed some light on his conversation with Mikel Arteta.
The Gunners actually reached an agreement to sign the 27-year-old goalkeeper back in February this year. His club, New England Revolution, even confirmed the sale four months ago, but Arsenal have remained quiet.
The reason behind this is that Turner hadn’t undergone a medical. Arsenal decided then that the tests would be done in the summer, after the end of the season, and that’s exactly what will happen now.
Turner is here in the UK and the report claims he will finalise his deal following a medical on Wednesday.
Matt Turner shares what Mikel Arteta has told him ahead of Arsenal medical on Wednesday
In his interview with Sky Sports ahead of his imminent move to Arsenal, Turner was asked if the Gunners manager has had a word with him over the last few months.
The American said: “We’ve talked a little bit.
“His main message for me was just to focus on what I need to focus on right now, getting through these next few months, staying healthy, staying fit and getting ready for pre-season and compete.
“Aaron had an amazing season for Arsenal and played well all year. I’d agree with it (that Ramsdale is the number one) for now. I’m coming in to push him and become the best goalkeeper I can become, while also making him the best goalkeeper he can become. That’s really my goal for it all.”
It will be interesting to see how Turner will fare at Arsenal. The 27-year-old, branded as a ‘remarkable’ goalkeeper, has only ever played in the United States in his career, and we can all agree that the Premier League is a huge step up.
Thankfully for him, he won’t be asked to come in and just hit the ground running as Ramsdale will definitely start the campaign as the number one.
Turner’s arrival, however, is likely to bring an end to Bernd Leno’s Arsenal career. The German lost his place to Ramsdale last season, and it really does look like his four-year stay at the Emirates will come to an end soon.
Newly promoted Fulham have reportedly opened talks to sign Leno and the shot-stopper, who got married this week, is said to be keen to stay in London as well. That makes it a perfect move for all parties.