Mat Ryan opens the door to Arsenal’s residence as the loaned Brighton goalkeeper admits he had ‘a great time’ and ‘learned so much at the Emirates, while the Australian star is’ excited about what the future holds’.
- Mat Ryan has hinted he could renew his Arsenal spell after a loan from Brighton
- The Australian keeper has spent the second half of the season in the Emirates
- Ryan, who made three starts, admits he is ‘excited about what the future holds’
Mat Ryan has suggested that he could extend his spell at Arsenal after his Brighton loan term ended.
The Australian has spent the second half of the campaign in the Emirates after losing his number 1 spot on the AMEX to Robert Sanchez, who came in to compete with Bernd Leno.
The 29-year-old, who grew up supporting the Gunners, has been full of praise for how he has been treated since arriving in North London, admitting he had a ‘fantastic time’ at the club and ‘learned so much’ .
Mat Ryan has hinted at a possible stay with Arsenal after his Brighton loan expired
The Australian (far left) praised the Gunners for welcoming him during his stay in London
Ryan opened the door to a possible future with Arsenal, despite returning to the Seagulls after the end of the season – he insisted that he is ‘excited about what the future may hold’.
“I’ve had a blast with this latest chapter and have experienced everything involved in representing Arsenal,” he wrote on Twitter. ‘I learned so much and loved every minute of it.
‘To the many wonderful people around the club who I have had the pleasure to associate with, thank you for making me feel welcome and making the transition to the family very easy.
‘I look forward to continuing the relationships well into the future. Excited about what the future holds. ‘
He admitted that he had ‘learned so much’ from working with Bernd Leno (L) and that he was excited about the future
The 29-year-old had fallen into the pecking order at Brighton and was on loan
Robert Sanchez’s rise to Brighton this season has questioned his future at the club. He started the season as Graham Potter’s top pick, but looked insecure between the sticks and was dropped in December.
Since taking over the gloves, Sanchez has been one of Brighton’s top performers, helping to keep ten clean sheets. Ryan was shipped to Arsenal and played his first game in a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in February.
He also played in a 1-1 draw against Fulham in April, before keeping a clean sheet the following month in a 2-0 win over Newcastle.
After joining Arsenal early this year, Ryan explained his love for the club and how he first became a supporter while watching a documentary about club legend Thierry Henry.
He revealed that he grew up supporting Arsenal after watching a Thierry Henry documentary
“I was a young kid at my friend’s house and we were watching television then and then there was a documentary by Thierry Henry,” he told Arsenal.com.
‘As a football fan, me and my boyfriend sat there watching and we were just in awe of his performance and what he did in this documentary. It was clearly a montage of highlights, of goals he had scored and the success he had contributed to at Arsenal with what they had won at the time.
From that moment on I actually fell in love with him and the club and became a supporter of Arsenal. I was, I wanted to say to this day, but I think when I was there in Brighton and signed there, you became a rival.
“So I think a little less then, but it is still a club that had a special place in my heart and now even more than ever in the past, because now I have the chance to represent them.”