Despite not being particularly impressive while on loan at Plymouth Argyle last season, Matt Macey appears to have won the battle to be Arsenal’s third-choice goalkeeper for the forthcoming campaign.
The 24-year-old has travelled with Unai Emery’s squad for their pre-season tour of the United States at the expense of Deyan Iliev, who is set to go out on loan.
Macey previously featured for the Arsenal first-team in the 2017/18 season but has had to be very patient for opportunities since joining the Gunners in 2013 following his departure from Bristol Rovers.
Tall and possessing good distribution skills, Macey endured some difficult moments at Plymouth as he lost his place in the starting lineup and was often caught out when he did feature.
There were some suggestions that Arthur Okonkwo could be promoted, but the 17-year-old is rather inexperienced in comparison to Macey.
Macey, who has also previously had loan spells with Accrington Stanley and Luton Town, will train regularly with Bernd Leno and Emiliano Martinez, although it remains to be seen how much playing time he will receive.
With Martinez likely to feature in the Europa League, it seems that the Carabao Cup represents Macey’s best chance of featuring for the first-team.
At various stages during the last few years it has appeared that Macey’s time at Arsenal could be about to come to an end.
However, he now looks to set to receive an extended stay, and his status as a homegrown player is useful for the club.
There is still a possibility that Macey could be sent out on loan in the second half of the season with a recall option, but for now it seems that he will be part of the first-team squad.