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Manager says his player has joined a ‘great club’ in Arsenal, ‘fantastic’ loan opportunity

Arsenal newcomer Mat Ryan has joined a great club on loan and will have a fantastic opportunity for game time, Graham Potter has told Sky Sports.

The Brighton goalkeeper, a boyhood Arsenal fan, linked up with the Gunners earlier this week on a deal until the end of the season.

Ryan had fallen out of favour at Brighton, losing his spot to Robert Sanchez after a 3-0 loss to Leicester in December.

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Arsenal, meanwhile, were on the lookout for a new deputy for Bernd Leno after summer signing Alex Runarsson struggled when handed the first-team gloves.

Ryan has plenty of experience in the Premier League and will hope to follow in the footsteps of Emiliano Martinez in shining at the Emirates Stadium.

And Potter is pleased for his player, telling Sky Sports: “I think it’s a great opportunity for Matty.

“He wants to play more, I think he’ll get some opportunities there, especially with the Europa League.

“Fantastic opportunity for him, great club, good experience, pleased for him and hope he plays well – apart from when we play him.”

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Arsenal have certainly made some mistakes this summer – a certain free agent springs to mind – and it looks as though Runarsson’s signing is one of them.

For the Gunners to move so quickly to bring Ryan to the Emirates suggests they recognised the Icelander’s signing was an error, and have sought to rectify it.

Ryan has 366 competitive club appearances to his name, including 123 for Brighton, 58 caps for Australia, and is an Arsenal fan – as loan signings go, this looks like a great one.

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