Mikel Arteta has a decision to make over Arsenal’s goalkeeper options amid doubt in Bernd Leno’s future, so may rue letting Matt Macey join Hibernian on a free transfer in January.
According to the Daily Record, the Gunners tore up the final six-months of Macey’s deal so he could join Hibs. The shot-stopper failed to make the grade in north London between a string of loan spells. But has made a success of himself north of the border at Easter Road.
Macey departed the Emirates Stadium having made just two first-team appearances for the club he joined in 2013. It took the 27-year-old eight-days to match that record in Scotland, before taking up a seat on the bench. However, he is now the undisputed number one.
Macey has started all eight of Hibernian’s Premiership fixtures so far this season and is now showing Arsenal his potential. The Bath-born goalie has registered four clean sheets under Jack Ross, as Hibs sit third in the table. He has also shut out two sides in cup encounters.
Arsenal may feel they terminated Macey’s north London career too soon, as he could now offer Arteta an option as the Spaniard weighs up moving on from Leno in the January sales.
Arsenal look to sell Leno after Ramsdale transfer
Reports by Eurosport claim the Gunners will put Leno up for sale in the winter after Aaron Ramsdale took over. The summer signing from Sheffield United is now the first-choice at the Emirates and is seen as their long-term option.
Leno’s future could be in Italy, but not at Inter Milan, as Calciomercato.it cite Juventus as a potential suitor. The Bianconeri are tracking the German in case Wojciech Szczesny cannot convince Massimiliano Allegri and they sell Mattia Perin.
Arsenal will seek a goalkeeper transfer of their own if Leno leaves, per football.london, so may rue letting Macey go. Hibernian are reaping the rewards of his desires to secure more regular game time. While Arsenal face further upheaval between the posts if they sell Leno, three-and-a-half-years after becoming Unai Emery’s second Gunners signing for £22m.