Former Arsenal goalkeeper Mat Ryan has revealed he held talks with Mikel Arteta over the prospect of signing a permanent deal with the Gunners.
Mat Ryan signed for Arsenal on loan in January 2021 and managed only three appearances for the north London club. The Australian was keen to remain with the Gunners and sign a permanent deal but the club ended up bringing Aaron Ramsdale who became first-choice keeper with Bernd Leno settling for the second choice shot-stopper.
“I had a sit-down with Arteta at the end of the season,” he said.
“It was all very positive. He said I’d exceeded everyone’s expectations and I gave him quite a lot of headaches in selection.”
“His comment to me was, ‘I’m going to speak to the club about trying to sign you permanently.’ Over the summer, we were waiting. The club never contacted us directly, then it got to the point where I had another offer (from Sociedad). We went back to Arsenal and they just said I wasn’t No 1 on their list.”
The 29-year-old left the Gunners and signed for Spanish side Real Sociedad and has made nine appearances across all competitions.