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How Will Matt Turner’s Signing Affect Bernd Leno?

Watch: Matt Turner's first official interview after signing for Arsenal

Matt Turner making a save

The goalkeeping situation at Arsenal was a rather interesting one last season, as the Gunners invested £24m in Aaron Ramsdale to serve as a deputy to Bernd Leno. Mikel Arteta was certain that Alex Runarsson was certainly not a dependable deputy following his shaky performances in the Europa League with the final nail on his coffin being his shambolic outing against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup quarterfinal of the previous season. 

Bernd Leno started the season on the end of some bashing from Brentford, Chelsea and Man City, losing his place to the newbie, Ramsdale, and never gaining it back. Sadly, Leno had to make do with featuring in the Cup matches, limiting his appearances last season to just eight – four in the League, three in the Carabao Cup and one FA Cup game, where the Gunners shamefully lost to Nottingham Forest. 

With a year left on Leno’s deal, Arsenal are faced in that tight situation of either putting him in the market to make some quid or letting him run out his contract and leave on a free transfer. Early on in the summer, Benfica was linked with a move for Leno, which would have offered him a chance to reunite with his former Bayer Leverkusen boss, and in more recent times, the Arsenal shot stopper has been linked with a move to Premier League returnees, Fulham. 

Amid the Leno uncertainties, it was evident that Arsenal had to make plans to get a backup goalie to the former backup goalie, Ramsdale, so whispers of a move for New England Revolution towering goalie, Matt Turner, began to surface. Not much is known about the lad from a scouting perspective, but the history books tell us that he was the 2020 New England Revolution Player of the Year, courtesy of votes from players and fans alike. He amassed 111 appearances (102 MLS) in five seasons with the American outfit.

He has also been competing with Manchester City’s Zak Steffen for a starting berth in the USMNT, but it’s evident that Matt Turner is Gregg Belhalter’s preferred option in goal, as Turner has featured 18 times for USMNT, including 13 in 2021. This consistent run of games for his national team included a 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup win. 

Arsenal has announced the signing of Matt Turner from New England Revolution and have handed him the #30 jersey. As expected, Mikel Arteta and Edu had good things to say about the American and touched on his experience. He’s expected to be a deputy to Ramsdale this season and would feature in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Europa League.

With Turner now in our ranks, the road is paved for Leno to leave the club, and the expectation is that he’d be gone, sooner rather than later. After 125 appearances for the Gunners, it looks like its gonna be…

Sayonara Herr Leno.

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Gabriel Jesus: The Forward Way, Truth and Arsenal Life

Gabriel Jesus, Man City, UCL 2021-22

Gabriel Jesus celebrating a goal

Gabriel Jesus has been heavily linked with Arsenal all summer long and Arsenal fans remained hopeful that the deal for the Brazilian forward would be sealed on time as he had garnered interest from other clubs like Juventus, Real Madrid and Chelsea. Despite scoring close to a century of goals (95) in Manchester City, winning four Premier League titles, one FA Cup, three Carabao Cups and two FA Community Shields, Gabriel Jesus looked closer to the exit door following the imminent arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez this summer.

Even with the interest from other clubs, Gabriel Jesus made it clear that he wanted to work under his former assistant manager, Mikel Arteta, and with Edu showcasing his fledgling Brazilian connections, it was a matter of time for Arsenal fans to get wind of the news they had hoped for all summer. Arsenal has agreed personal terms with Gabriel Jesus and reached a fee with Manchester City to sign the forward on a permanent basis. It is believed that Gabriel Jesus will cost around £45 million, and even though he has only one year left on his contract, it still remains a fantastic piece of business.

At 25, Gabriel Jesus will be the spearhead of an exciting Arsenal attack that has the likes of Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe and the new recruit from FC Porto, Fabio Vieira. The Brazilian striker will be backed up by Eddie Nketiah, that recently signed a new deal to extend his stay in the club.

Gabriel Jesus also comes in with a lot of Premier League and international experience, as well as the versatility that Mikel Arteta craves from his players. In his time at Manchester City, Gabriel Jesus could fit anywhere across the forward line, and was used to great effect by Pep Guardiola. He has scored 19 goals in 56 caps for the Selecao, winning the 2019 Copa America.

Gabriel Jesus also arrives at the time the club let go of attacking talents like former captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the recently departed Alexandre Lacazette, that scored 163 goals in their combined stay in North London. He would know that the fans expect him to hit the ground running almost immediately, and I’m confident that he would get the ammunition he needs from our attacking midfield talent to score the goals that would propel his Arsenal career to the trajectory expected from him. 

Arsenal fans would be patiently waiting for the announcement on the official site, but this will be one of the most decisive signings in Arteta’s tenure at the club – the forward way, truth and Arsenal life.

Sayonara.

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GD Podcast S01E01: Welcome to Arsenal, Fabio Vieira!!!

Fabio Vieira: Arsenal confirm £34m purchase of Porto midfielder | Football  News | Sky Sports

This was a podcast episode that was meant to be published on last week Friday when Arsenal unveiled the signing of Fabio Vieira but I had an eventful weekend here in Lagos, so I wasn’t chanced. I had also published a piece on the blog about Fabio Vieira last week as well, where I labeled him as an exciting addition to Arsenal’s attack. 

After 12 years since I started this blog, I’ve finally decided to go into podcasting and I aim to publish a podcast every Friday.

I’m kinda new to this, so I intend to grow with experience and from time to time, I’d get to feature other online personalities, as we discuss about Arsenal Football Club.

Please listen to my maiden podcast and let’s discuss about Fabio Vieira in the comments!

https://www.goonerdailypodcast.com/2008419/10839304-s01e01-welcome-to-arsenal-fabio-vieira

https://www.goonerdailypodcast.com/2008419/10839304-s01e01-welcome-to-arsenal-fabio-vieira

https://www.goonerdailypodcast.com/2008419/10839304-s01e01-welcome-to-arsenal-fabio-vieira

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