Five facts about Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey

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Matt Macey is set to join Arsenal from Bristol Rovers this week. What can we tell you about the talented teen?

Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal with teenage English goalkeeper Matt Macey - which will see him join the club from Bristol Rovers.

His deal is believed to three years in length - and the fee due to the League Two side will be decided by an independent tribunal.

So who is this lad?

Here are five facts about Matt Macey …

1) Interestingly this is not the first time that Macey has played for a team called Arsenal. He played for a local team in Bath called Avon Arsenal Comets from the age of eight.

The club even have a cannon on their badge - just like the Premier League table toppers.

2) Macey was originally rejected by the Bristol Rovers Centre of Excellence in 2007. But after two years with Bath City and Yate Town he eventually joined the centre in 2009, becoming a full-time scholar in May 2011.

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3) Macey stands at a towering 6ft 6ins tall, and has already featured for The Gunners. He played in an under-21 match against West Bromwich Albion in September - where he impressed with a composed performance, which also saw him make a reaction save from Kemar Roofe.

4) The 18-year-old was also being chased by Premier League rivals Everton - with other teams also believed to have had an interest in his services.

5) Macey has not yet played a senior game of professional football. He made his squad debut as an unused substitute for Rovers against Torquay in March 2012.

What are your thoughts on the signing? Is it good to see Arsenal signing young English talent?

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