USMNT’s Matt Turner leaves Arsenal to join Nottingham Forest

ESPNAugust 9, 2023, 06:10 a.m. ET3 minutes to read

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US goalkeeper Matt Turner has completed his transfer from Arsenal to Premier League club Nottingham Forest, it was announced Wednesday.

Turner leaves Arsenal after one season serving as Aaron Ramsdale’s defender and making just seven appearances – all in cup competitions.

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His exit comes amid reports that Arsenal are preparing to sign Brentford goalkeeper David Raya to provide competition for Ramsdale.

At Forest, who are preparing for their second season back in the Premier League, Turner should have a clearer path to the first team.

Matt Turner has enjoyed a busy summer with the USMNT, playing in both the CONCACAF Nations League and the Gold Cup.Mike Januz/USSF/Getty Images for USSF

He said, “It feels great to be here. It’s something I’m really looking forward to, it’s a great challenge and a great step in my career.” Club website.

“When I heard there was interest in bringing me here, I felt it was a good fit for my family, and I felt comfortable having my agent talk to me about it and it felt like the right move for me now.

“The manager, the backroom staff, everything about the club has a little sparkle to it. I felt it from the start and I’m delighted to have accomplished it.

“I’m looking forward to connecting with my team-mates, the fans and the city. I’m grateful to be here and I can’t wait to get things started.”

However, ESPN reports that the Midlands club is also close to signing Dean Henderson from Manchester United. Henderson, an England international, spent last season on loan at Forest, making 18 appearances in the Premier League.

Turner, 29, joined Arsenal from Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution last summer but has been unable to usurp Ramsdale as the club’s No. 1. Leaves.

Despite his lack of action at the club level, Turner cemented his status as first choice goaltender for the USMNT. In addition to starting all four matches as the United States reached the Round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup, Turner also appeared in both the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup this summer.

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