American goalkeeper Matt Turner has vowed to be “an important member of the locker room” at Arsenal when he moves from New England Revolution this summer.
The 28-year-old completed a move to Arsenal before the summer window and will link up with Mikel Arteta’s squad for pre-season.
“We’ve talked a little bit,” Turner told Sky Sports News when asked if he has spoken to Arteta. “His main message for me was just to focus on what I need to focus on right now, getting through these next few months, staying healthy, staying fit and getting ready for pre-season and compete.
“The project they have going on there, [I want to be] an important part of the locker room, adding some 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, being 28.”
Turner is expected to be the second-choice ‘keeper at Arsenal behind England international Aaron Ramsdale, which would likely mean he’ll play cup competitions and perhaps even some European games.
It’s a delicate spot with the Qatar 2022 World Cup just five months away, an EPL situation that potentially awaits USMNT teammates Zack Steffen (Manchester City) and Ethan Horvath (Nottingham Forest) as well.