Matt Macey made two appearances for Premier League giants Arsenal during Arsene Wenger’s time at The Emirates.
Matt Macey is free to leave Arsenal this summer as the North London giants look to shake up their goalkeeping options, as reported by Football London.
Bernd Leno is expected to start the 2019/20 campaign as the club’s number one after a highly impressive debut season in English football but the identity of those behind him in the pecking order remains uncertain.
The retirement of veteran Petr Cech and the impending sale of David Ospina to Napoli opens the door for someone else to take on the role of back-up.
Emi Martinez could be an option after a superb loan spell at Reading while Germany U21 international Markus Schubert is close to joining on a free transfer from Dynamo Dresden, according to The Independent.
But Macey, a goalkeeper who was tipped for big things during Arsene Wenger’s final few years, no longer appears to be part of the discussion.
Football London claims that the Bath-born 24-year-old is free to leave North London after a short-term spell at Plymouth in 2018/19. Macey made just two first-team appearances for Arsenal, coming in the EFL Cup and Europa League.
“Matt came to us late, normally goalkeepers come at 16, but he came at 20 basically. But he is very focused, and that is what I was pleased to give him a chance tonight, and he took it,” Wenger told The Independent after Macey’s performance in a 0-0 draw against Red Star Belgrade.
Considering that Schubert is something of an unknown quantity and completely unproven in English football, however, it remains to be seen whether Arsenal are right to let Macey go. He stood out at Plymouth despite suffering relegation from League One and Emery would perhaps be better off giving him a chance during the upcoming pre-season tour.