Matt Turner has vowed he will challenge Aaron Ramsdale for the number one jersey at Arsenal following his transfer to the Premier League side.
The United States international secured an agreement with the Gunners in February but has remained with MLS franchise New England Revolution ahead of finalising his move officially next week.
Turner’s arrival will see him come in behind Ramsdale in the pecking order, with Bernd Leno expected to depart in this window, which will likely see the new man utilised in cup competitions, including the Europa League.
However, the 28-year-old harbours hopes of pushing his way into the first-team frame on a more regular basis and has made it clear he will fight Ramsdale for a spot between the sticks.
“I can see why they’d assess it that way. Aaron had an amazing season for Arsenal and played well all year,” he told Sky Sports when asked if he would serve as Ramsdale’s back-up.
“I’d agree with it for now. I’m coming in to push him and become the best goalkeeper I can become, while also making him the best goalkeeper he can become. That’s really my goal for it all.”
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Ramsdale was signed from Sheffield United last year and quickly settled into the Arsenal squad, although he endured a drop of form in the latter months of the season as Mikel Arteta’s side failed to secure a top-four finish and Champions League football.
That represents a major disappointment for Arsenal, but the close-season provides opportunity to strengthen the squad, which has so far been done with the signing of Brazilian teenager Marquinhos and an agreement with Porto for Portugal international Fabio Vieira.
Arsenal have also been heavily linked with Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans and Leeds United winger Raphinha – and Turner has “high expectations” for his spell in north London.
“This is a club that is investing heavily in some of the player transfers, and I am somebody who wants to win,” he added.
“I know the fans do as well. My expectations are the same as the fans want.”