Matt Turner wants to push Aaron Ramsdale to become the best keeper he can be when he completes his move to Arsenal next week.
The American is due to play his final game for New England Revolution tomorrow evening against Minnesota United and will then fly to England in time for the start of the Gunners’ pre-season camp.
While the 28-year-old accepts he’ll arrive in London as a back-up, he’s hoping his experience will prove useful in the dressing room.
On being pitched as an understudy, Turner told Sky Sports: “I can see why they’d assess it that way. Aaron had an amazing season for Arsenal and played well all year.
“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.
He added: “The project they have going on there, [I want to be] an important part of the locker room, adding some experience – not a ton of Premier League experience – but national team experience, league experience and playing games in pressured environments. I’ll be an older head in the locker room, being 28.”
In an interview with The Athletic at the start of the month, Turner spoke openly about his need to improve his passing game. It’s a theme he returned to.
“Definitely, the DNA of this team is possession-based and I believe that’s what they will expect from me when I get on the pitch,” he said.
“It’s the area of my game that some call a weakness but one where I’ve improved over the past few months. I’m connecting a few more passes, reading the game better and understanding the way I can hurt teams a lot better.
“We don’t play that [passing] style in New England but when I go with the national team, we do. When I have extended periods with the national team, I read the game better and make more passes.
“I’m excited to be at Arsenal to do that every single day instead of two or three weeks here or there.”