Arsenal signing goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson could trigger the quick exit of Matt Macey, according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth. Arsenal confirmed the sale of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa on Wednesday in a deal that could rise to £20million. That leaves Macey as the only back-up option for Mikel Arteta to No 1 Bernd Leno.
However, it appears the Gunners are keen to bring in a new keeper before the weekend.
Brentford’s David Raya was linked with a move to the Emirates but the Championship club do not want to sell.
Attention has turned to Iceland’s Runarsson, who currently plays for French club Dijon.
Sheth says a £1.5million deal could be done this week and that may mean Macey can find himself a move elsewhere.
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“His arrival could actually prompt third-choice keeper – who was actually No 2 on Saturday against Fulham – Matt Macey to find another club,” Sheth said on the Transfer Show.
“It’s thought that Macey is considering his future at the Emirates.”
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Macey, 26, came through the academy at Bristol Rovers before joining Arsenal in 2013.
He has often been on the bench for the Gunners and has made two first-team appearances – against Norwich in the EFL Cup and Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League in 2017.
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And in an interview earlier this month, Macey stated his desire to move either on loan or permanently.
“For me, it is all about playing regular football again,” Macey told The Telegraph.
“My focus is to go and find games wherever I can. The club are keen for me to go and play and be successful, wherever that may be and whether that is on a loan or a permanent deal.”
Macey has had three loan spells during his Arsenal career at Accrington Stanley, Luton and Plymouth Argyle.
Meanwhile, Martinez sent a message to Arsenal supporters after his decade-plus spell at the club came to an end.
“Thank you, thank you for all of the years [of support],” Martinez told Arsenal.com.
“I thank God for having the opportunity over the past few months to show the Arsenal fanbase what I am made of, and why I went on loan so many times.
“It was always to come back and win them trophies and give them silverware. I did it, I feel prouder than ever.”
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