Arsenal have confirmed the signing of New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner, for a fee believed to be in the region of £5m. He will join the club in the summer. The recent interest in goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Newcastle, has opened the door for a new arrival, with the German international expected to leave in the summer.
The 27-year-old shotstopper is another recommendation to the club from goalkeeping coach Iñaki Caña Pavón, who previously recommended Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson and Aaron Ramsdale.
While Arsenal have previously stated an interest in Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, the Spaniard’s long-term injury and Brentford’s unwillingness to sell to a Premier League team complicates the matter.
With Turner, Arsenal are signing the current number 1 for the US national side and who has been something of a rising star in the MLS for a while now.
Last season, Turner was voted as the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year as New England Revolution won the Supporter’s Shield last season. Turner is widely regarded as one of the best shot-stoppers in the MLS at the moment.
Turner began his career at Jersey Express in the Premier Development League before he moved to New England Revolution. Despite impressing the club while on trial there, he was loaned out to Richmond Kickers.
After returning to New England Revolution, Turner turned in some spectacular performances and was soon voted as the MVP (most valuable player) for the team in 2020.
Turner was ever-present for the national side in the 2021 CONCAF Gold Cup, keeping 5 clean sheets, including one in the final against Mexico. His performance drew praise from fans and critics alike, earning him the Best Goalkeeper award for the tournament.
It is likely that Turner will be immediately thrown into the Arsenal side as the club’s official number 2. Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson expected to depart in the summer, which will mean that Turner may find game time easier to come by next season.