The Australian goalkeeper, who has gone down the pecking order at Brighton & Hove Albion and losing his first spot to his rival, Robert Sanchez, has decided to be a back-up for a top club.
Meanwhile, Arsenal Technical director, Edu, said: “Mat is an experienced goalkeeper, a proven talent in the Premier League and has also played many internationals for Australia. Mat will further strengthen our squad with his experience and knowledge of playing at the highest level.
“Following Matt Macey’s recent move to Hibernian, Mat will provide very good competition and positive support to all our goalkeepers and we are looking forward to him integrating quickly into the set-up here at Arsenal.”
The club manager, Mikel Arteta, said: “He brings additional quality to our squad. Mat has very good Premier League experience and has played over 100 times in the league, which is something that will benefit us greatly on and off the pitch. We look forward to working with him this season.”
The new signing made his feeling known: “There’s still an aura of surrealness to it all, to be honest, I’m really proud, it’s great and it’s hard to sort of put into words the emotions and feeling that this is becoming a reality.”
“All those mornings as a young kid in Australia, getting up to watch the Champions League games. The support back in the Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp days, all these sorts of things, to now be here fills me with a great sense of pride and achievement,” – he added.
Ryan talked about his future at Arsenal: “I’m just looking to do the best that I can for the club and represent the club in the best possible way and ultimately help the club to achieve more success.”
Signing for the club you grew up supporting as a kid ✔️ @Arsenal
Buzzing to be beginning this new chapter and will give everything I’ve got to contribute to the first club I ever loved. pic.twitter.com/IUohEjFKVK
— Maty Ryan (@MatyRyan) January 22, 2021
The 28-year-old Australian international joined Albion in June 2017 shortly after the club were promoted to the Premier League.
He joined Albion for a then club-record fee from Valencia on a five-year deal in 2017, having spent the previous season on loan at Genk.
He was the club’s first choice for almost three and a half seasons, before being overtaken by Rob Sanchez in mid-December.
Head coach of Albion, Graham Potter, explained, “Mat has been a great servant to the club in the Premier League, and he has played no small part for the club at this level.
“We have incredible talent and competition at this club for just one position, and understandably, as Australia’s number one, Mat wants the chance of more regular opportunities.
“Mat is a pleasure to work with, a consummate professional and someone who works incredibly hard at his game. We wish him well at Arsenal and will be watching his progress there.”
Ryan has made 121 Premier League appearances for Albion, keeping 28 clean sheets along the way.