New Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner admits he has been signed by Mikel Arteta as a backup to Aaron Ramsdale, but promises to push the England international all the way.
The New England Revolution shot-stopper agreed to a transfer to the Gunners in February, but has played for his MLS side in recent months.
The United States international will report to Arsenal next Wednesday, where he will complete his medical and complete the move, but will accept his role as Ramsdale’s assistant for the coming season.
Asked about the perception of him playing a backup role at the Emirates Stadium, Turner said: Sky Sports News“I understand why they judge it that way. Aaron had a great season for Arsenal and played well all year.
“For now, I agree. I’m coming in to push him and be the best goalkeeper I can become, while also making him the best goalkeeper he can become. That’s really my goal for everything.”
“We chatted a bit,” Turner said when asked if he’s spoken to Gunners boss Mikel Arteta. “His main message for me was to focus on what I need to focus on now, get through the coming months, stay healthy, stay fit and get ready for the season and the competition.
“The project they have going on there, [I want to be] an important part of the dressing room, adding experience – not a ton of Premier League experience – but national team experience, league experience and playing games in pressured environments. I’ll be an older head in the locker room, I’m 28.”
One of Ramsdale’s greatest assets is his ability to kick the ball out of the back with his feet, a skill Turner doesn’t quite fluently master – but the American admits he gets better at his distribution through his work on the National Team of the United States. United States .
Asked if playing behind is something he wants to do at Arsenal, he said: “Certainly, this team’s DNA is based on possession and I think that’s what they’ll expect from me when I’m on the pitch.
“It’s the area of my game that some call a weakness, but where I’ve improved over the past few months. I’m pairing up a few more passes, reading the game better and understanding how to hurt teams much better.
“We don’t play that” [passing] style in New England, but if I go with the national team, we will. When I have longer periods with the national team, I read the game better and make more passes.
“I’m excited to be at Arsenal doing that every day rather than two or three weeks here or there.”
Turner’s arrival in north London next week could be part of a busy few days for the club. Arsenal are close to announcing the £34million signing of FC Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira and are optimistic about the signing of Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, who is worth an estimated £50million.
The Gunners have also signed Sao Paulo Brazilian winger Marquinhos for £3million – and childhood Arsenal fan Turner – who enjoyed seeing Wojciech Szczesny, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez flaunt in the club’s red. – welcomes the other new faces that may be joining him in the Emirates.
“I have high expectations, this is a club that is investing heavily in some player transfers and I am someone who wants to win,” he added. “I know the fans do too. My expectations are the same as the fans want.”
Arsenal close to Vieira | Gunners optimistic about the Jesus of Man City
Porto confirmed the deal to sell midfielder Vieira to Arsenal for £34million including add-ons, in a statement on Friday.
Vieira will add even more creative talent to Arsenal’s ranks, with the highly regarded midfielder providing 14 assists in the 2021/22 Primera Liga.
Arsenal have yet to announce the signing, but Vieira is said to have been in north London on Thursday for a medical.
The Gunners have since cooled their interest in Youri Tielemans, making it more likely that the Belgian midfielder will sign a one-year contract extension with Leicester.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are “cautiously optimistic” to win a deal for Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.
The north London club teamed up with the forward’s representative, Marcello Pettinati, for nearly six months to ensure they were in pole position to recruit him from the Premier League champions this summer.
Jesus announced his intention to move to the Emirates at the beginning of June and the only obstacle so far is the distance between the valuations of both clubs.
Arsenal’s Premier League Matches 2022/23
Arsenal kick off their 2022/23 Premier League campaign at Crystal Palace on August 5, live on Friday Night Football.
The team of Mikel Arteta, who finished fifth in the Premier League last season, will receive Leicester City on August 13 and travel to the newly promoted Bournemouth on August 20.
The Gunners’ first North London derby takes place on October 1 at the Emirates Stadium, while the return leg at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is early in the new year on January 14.
Arsenal’s last game before the winter World Cup season break will be at Wolves on the weekend of November 12/13. They will then be back in action on Boxing Day, entertaining West Ham.
The last day of the Premier League season is May 28, when Arsenal close their campaign at home against Wolves.