Arsenal sign USMNT goalkeeper Matt Turner from New England Revolution

Arsenal have completed the signing of US men’s national team goalkeeper Matt Turner, the club announced on Monday.

The 28-year-old agreed on terms to join the Premier League team from the New England Revolution in February, but remained with the Revs until the start of the regular MLS season 2022.

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Turner has signed a long-term contract at Emirates Stadium and will wear jersey no. 30.

“When I saw Arsenal as a child, I fell in love with the way the team plays and the values ​​of this club,” Turner said. the club’s Twitter page.

“It felt like a long shot, but why not dream of putting on the team shirt one day. So I dedicated my life to working on my game and being the best player and person I could be.

“I was able to realize a dream, and this is one of the best days of my life.”

Turner will join Arsenal’s first team to train before the season in July and will compete with Aaron Ramsdale and Bernd Leno for No. 1 spot.

He will be Arsenal’s last player after Fabio Vieira signed a long-term contract at the club. Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus is approaching a transfer to the Emirates.

Turner spoke to reporters in February and mentioned that US manager Gregg Berhalter was a “big supporter” of the transfer to Arsenal, and he is still confident he will retain his place on the national side, where he fights Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen for the starting spot.

After a loan spell at Richmond Kickers, he took over the number 1 spot in 2018 and has been a mainstay ever since. He was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2021, a campaign in which he was also named MVP for the MLS All-Star Game.

Turner has had a similar rise at the international level, with 18 appearances for the United States and stopping the United States for the Gold Cup title while winning the Golden Glove Award as the tournament’s best goalkeeper.

“Matt is an experienced goalkeeper who will bring high quality to our squad,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told the club’s website.

“He has shown with his achievements in recent years in both MLS and at the international level with the USA that he is a goalkeeper who will give us extra strength into the next season.

“We welcome Matt and his family to the club, and we look forward to working together in the years to come.”