Why did Arsenal move for him?
Arsenal have signed Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson from Ligue 1 for £ 1.5million in the summer transfer window, to replace departing Emi Martinez.
As Athleticism revealed earlier this month, however, Arsenal signed a replacement keeper after agreeing to let Departure from Runarsson the club on loan. The club have recognized the need for the Icelandic international to gain first-team experience and were ready to let the 25-year-old temporarily move if he can find a replacement for Bernd Leno.
Arsenal saw Ryan as a suitable cover for Leno, with a number of clubs in the Championship and across Europe interested in taking on Runarsson for the second half of the campaign.
Why did Brighton let him go?
Ryan was the first choice at Brighton since arriving from Valencia in 2017 but was replaced by 23-year-old Robert Sanchez earlier this season after a series of mistakes.
The Australian has not been in a Premier League side since playing 90 minutes in Brighton’s 3-0 loss to Leicester on December 13.
Jason Steele and Christian Walton have been on the bench instead, with Sanchez starting every Championship game since Ryan’s demotion.
What was said?
Speaking about the move, Ryan posted on Twitter, “Signing up for the club you grew up supporting when you were a kid. I can’t wait to start this new chapter and will give my all to contribute to the first club I have ever loved.
Potter told the Brighton website: “Mat has been a great servant for the Premier League club and has played a significant role for the club at this level.
“We have incredible talent and competition at this club for one position, and naturally, as the number one Aussie, Mat wants the chance to have more regular opportunities.
“It’s a pleasure to work with Mat, an accomplished professional and someone who works incredibly hard at his game. We wish him well at Arsenal and we will follow his progress there. “
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