United States goalkeeper Matt Turner says he has been “able to realize a dream” after completing his move to Arsenal.
The 28-year-old joined the Gunners on a long-term deal, which was agreed in february – del New England Revolution de la Major League Soccer.
He made 102 appearances for New England during his six years with the club.
“Watching Arsenal when I was a kid, I fell in love with the way the team plays and the values of this club,” Turner said.
“It seemed like a long shot, but why not dream of wearing my team’s jersey one day?
“So I dedicated my life to working on my game and being the best player and person that I could be.
“I was able to realize a dream and this is one of the best days of my life.”
In 2020, Turner was named the fans’ and teammates’ Most Valuable Player in New England, and in August 2021, he represented MLS in the MLS All-Star Game in which he saved two penalties.
He has 18 caps and was part of the US team that won qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
“Matt is an experienced goalkeeper who will bring great quality to our team,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said.
“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 more strength for next season.
“We welcome Matt and his family to the club and look forward to working together for years to come.”