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‘I would have liked to play a little bit more’: Arsenal star speaks on Gunners stint

An Arsenal player has been discussing his stint at the Emirates so far.

Matt Turner joined Arsenal from MLS side New England last summer for around £6m.

The 28-year-old had never played any form of European football before his Emirates switch.

And across the 2022/23 campaign, Turner was very much back-up to Aaron Ramsdale.

The shot-stopper made five Europa League appearances for the Gunners as well as two in the FA Cup. In said games, he shipped four goals and also kept four clean sheets.

Reflecting on his first season in the Premier League, Turner told USA Today Sports: “It’s changed me, made me a better goalkeeper, a better person, a better player.

“Besides the on-field stuff, off the field moving to a new country, experiencing new cultures and new styles of play, a new manager with different expectations, playing with pressure and all that kind of stuff led me into the World Cup and having a great World Cup.

Despite Turner looking for more game time, he is unlikely to see too much next season. Arsenal are now in the Champions League so there is less room for Mikel Arteta to rotate as the CL is a much tougher competition than the Europa League, even in the group stage where Turner played most of his minutes last season.

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