Matt Macey has confirmed that he and Arsenal are in agreement that he should play his football elsewhere this season, whether that be as part of a loan or permanent move.
The 26-year-old keeper has been at Arsenal for seven years since joining from Bristol Rovers and will be out of contract at the end of the season.
He has two first team appearances to his name, made in the League Cup and Europa League in 2017, and provided back-up to Emi Martinez at the tail-end of last season when Bernd Leno was injured.
In an interview with The Telegraph, the 6’7″ glove butler explained that he’s at a point in his career when he wants to play more regularly after a fruitful loan spell at Plymouth Argyle in 2018/19.
“For me it is all about playing regular football again,” he says.
“My focus is to go and find games wherever I can. The club are keen for me to go and play and be successful, wherever that may be and whether that is on a loan or a permanent deal.
“I am desperate to get back to that [Plymouth] environment again. It was a tough season but I got a lot out of it, personally.
“Being a massive part of the team and having that responsibility on my shoulders — that is the sort of challenge I want to face every morning when I wake up. Not having that in the last 12 months has been incredibly frustrating and I have had to find new ways to stay motivated.”
Macey and Arsenal have plenty of time to find him a new club before the transfer window closes in October. Presumably, if he’s talking in public now there could well be a few irons in the fire. Given he can walk away on a free in 12 months time, it makes sense to try and get a fee for him now before promoting one of the younger Academy keepers to third choice.
Mikel Arteta and Edu also still have to decide whether to keep hold of Emi Martinez or not.
The full interview with Macey is well worth a read. He’s obviously enjoyed his time at Arsenal and shares some interesting insight into training with world class players and Mikel Arteta’s impact. Read it here.