Arsenal have completed the signing of United States men’s national team goalkeeper Matt Turner, the club announced on Monday.
The 28-year-old agreed to terms to join Premier League side New England Revolution in February but remained with the Revs for the start of the 2022 MLS regular season.
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Turner has signed a long-term contract at Emirates Stadium and will wear the No.30 shirt.
“Watching Arsenal as a kid I fell in love with the way the team plays and the values of this club,” Turner said on the the club’s Twitter page.
“It seemed like a long shot, but why not dream of putting on my team shirt one day. So I dedicated my life to working on my game and being the best player and person I could be.
“I was able to fulfill a dream and it is one of the best days of my life.”
He’s there! 😍
Welcome to N5, Matty 👋 pic.twitter.com/G3IuQKoHKi
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 27, 2022
Turner is expected to join the Arsenal first team for pre-season training in July and will compete with Aaron Ramsdale and Bernd Leno for the top spot.
He becomes the latest player to join Arsenal after Fabio Vieira signed a long-term contract at the club. Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus is set to move to the Emirates.
Speaking to reporters in February, Turner mentioned US manager Gregg Berhalter was a “big fan” of his move to Arsenal, and he remains confident he will keep his place in the national team, where he faces the goalkeeper of Manchester City Zack Steffen for the starting point.
After loan spells with second-tier side the Richmond Kickers, he took the No.1 spot in 2018 and has been a mainstay ever since. He was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2021, a campaign in which he was also named MLS All-Star Game MVP.
Turner enjoyed a similar rise at international level, making 18 appearances for the United States and supporting the United States to the Gold Cup title while winning the Golden Glove award as the tournament’s top goalkeeper.
“Matt is an experienced goalkeeper who will bring great quality to our team,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told the club’s website.
“He has shown with his performances in recent years both in MLS and internationally with the United States that he is a goalkeeper who will give us extra strength for next season.
“We welcome Matt and his family to the club and look forward to working together in the years to come.”