Arsenal’s new signing Mat Ryan has warned Bernd Leno that he hasn’t joined the club just to settle for a bench seat.
The veteran Australia international will be on loan for the remainder of the season with the club he supported as a youth after his move from Brighton was confirmed on Friday and will fight for first place with Leno.
Arsenal sold longtime Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa in the summer and his replacement Alex Runarsson failed to impress with a string of misrepresentations last month culminating in a disastrous performance against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.
With Matt Macey also leaving in January, Arsenal desperately needed a seasoned goalkeeper to take on and protect their undisputed number one.
Arsenal remain in both the Europa League and FA Cup, competitions that may give Ryan the best opportunity for first-team football, but the 28-year-old believes he will be able to compete with his new teammate, and has set its sights on becoming Mikel Arteta’s first choice.
“I’ve never been a goalkeeper that I liked to sit with on the bench, ”he said in his first official interview. “I’m sure every goalkeeper says that, but I came here under the circumstances.”
“Bernd has obviously done a great job for the club in his time since he arrived and he is atop-quality goalkeeper.” But I also believe that I’ve shown that in my career and I want to come here and push him and him and try to get the best out of each other and improve as individuals.
“If we can do that, the one who wins on matchday with the number of games we have in all the competitions we’re still living in will be the one in the best shape and that will only help The team works better and gets results.