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Transfer News: Matt Ryan joins on loan, Sokratis departs and Odegaard close

by Koolkola

There have been movement in and out of the club in this past week, as the club appears to move fast at executing its plans during this window.

Although Mikel Arteta hinted at the signing of a goalkeeper this window but no one had an idea it was going to be Brighton’s Matt Ryan.

The club announced the signing of Matt Ryan in a move that no one saw coming. He comes in to deputize for Bernd Leno, and he brings a lot of PL experience.

Ryan, 28, has made over 120 appearances for the Seagulls since joining from Valencia in 2017. Born in Sydney, he started his career with Blacktown City and Central Coast Mariners before being recruited by Belgian side Club Brugge. He’s also played on loan for Genk and has 58 caps for Australia.

On the loan signing Mikel Arteta said: “We know Mat very well through his performances with Brighton in recent seasons and he brings additional quality to our squad.

 

“Mat has very good Premier League experience and has played over 100 times in the league, which is something that will benefit us greatly on and off the pitch. We welcome Mat to Arsenal and look forward to working with him this season.”

Still on incomings, it has been widely reported that Martin Odegaard is close to joining the club on loan from Real Madrid.

Mikel Arteta has spoken about singing a creative midfielder and the Norwegian appears to be the choice. Signed age 16, he has gone on loan to the Eredivise and recently Real Sociedad in La Liga.

For departures, Sokratis left the club on Wednesday after a mutual agreement to terminate his contract.

Omitted from the squad this season, the Greek defender was thanked by Mikel Arteta for his understanding.

“First of all I want to thank him because he is such a professional and great person to work with,” said Arteta.

 

“It’s a shame because this season we have a lot of central defenders, we are overloaded with foreign players and I had to make a decision.

 

“It was a tough one and to be fair he took it really, really well, he has always been really supportive and helpful, so from the bottom of my heart I wish him the best.

“It has been a pleasure to work with him and I wish the best for him and his family in the next chapter.”

 

 

 

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