Matt Turner to Arsenal switch: USA boss’ feedback music to the ears of Mikel Arteta

Arsenal are close to completing a £5.8million deal for goalkeeper Matt Turner.

The 27-year-old American shouldn’t be a family identify in England however has a nice CV, serving to present facet New England Revolution win the MLS Supporters’ Defend final 12 months and taking on because the USA’s No.1 previously 12 months.

Turner was additionally named the MVP within the prestigious MLS All-Star sport in 2021 and is the competitors’s reigning Goalkeeper of the Yr.

At worldwide degree, he is picked up 14 senior caps and was a part of the US squad that lifted the Gold Cup – Central America’s equal to the Euros – final 12 months.

And Turner has an amazing reference from USA head coach Gregg Berhalter, who’s hailed the stopper’s “superb” rise, after solely making his worldwide debut final 12 months and with simply 4 years of MLS expertise underneath his belt.

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Matt Turner is about to affix Arsenal shortly
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“It is simply an incredible story and it is all all the way down to him, his work ethic, his perception in himself and his never-give-up angle,” stated Berhalter after the USA’s victory towards El Salvador on Thursday.

“It is an awesome story and Matt is a superb man, an awesome teammate and we’re fortunate to have him. Tonight was an instance of the place he did all the pieces that he needed to do.

“He was calm in all conditions. Wasn’t examined a lot however was there after we wanted him and he appeared like a participant that is going to Arsenal, for positive.”

That might be music to the ears of Arteta, with Turner anticipated to turn out to be Arsenal’s second-choice goalkeeper, offering cowl for England worldwide Aaron Ramsdale, 23.

Their present No.2 is Bernd Leno, though he’s now anticipated to depart the Emirates in pursuit of normal first-team soccer forward of this 12 months’s World Cup in Qatar, having been sad with Arteta’s resolution to dump him after Ramsdale’s arrival.

The German’s former staff Bayer Leverkusen and Premier League strugglers Newcastle are fascinated with signing Leno within the coming days.

Bernd Leno is prone to go away Arsenal earlier than the switch window shuts

“He’ll be determined to depart the membership,” stated Arsenal legend Alan Smith when requested about Leno’s future final October. “He’s an skilled keeper. He gained’t wish to be a No2 for any longer than he must be.

“However he can’t go knocking on the supervisor’s door as a result of Ramsdale has accomplished so properly. He’s an enormous character and he has pulled off some nice saves.

“For Bernd Leno, there might be loads of golf equipment after him, if he turns into a person out there.”

Talking on the identical time, fellow Gunners icon Nigel Winterburn added: “My intestine feeling is that Bernd Leno will go away Arsenal.

“It will not be in January, however it’s laborious for a goalkeeper who’s been first option to instantly not be any extra, and it’s apparent that he isn’t.”

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