Arsenal have announced that goalkeeper Matt Macey has joined Scottish side Hibernian on a permanent transfer.
The 26-year-old joined the Gunners in October 2013 from Bristol Rovers, where he was part of the first team squad at the age of 17. During his time in North London, he made two appearances for the club in all competitions.
He spent loan spells at Accrington Stanley, Luton Town and Plymouth Argyle in the last few years. His most recent loan spell was at Plymouth Argyle in the 2018/19 season and he was a regular for the side in League One.
In the last two seasons, Macey has been a regular in Arsenal’s first team matchday squad. After Bernd Leno’s injury in the closing stages of last season, the player was on the bench for every Premier League and FA Cup game until the end of the campaign. He collected a winners medal as part of the matchday squad in the 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup final.
Macey had just six months remaining on his contract with the Gunners and was due to be a free agent in the summer. The goalkeeper came close to leaving the club in the summer but after Emiliano Martinez’s departure, he was retained by the club. After the arrival of Runarsson, he saw himself become the third-choice goalkeeper again and this is likely to have led to his departure.
It is understood that Macey has signed a six-month contract with Hibernian. On his move to the Scottish side, he told Hibernian’s official website:
“I’m really excited to get going. I spoke to the gaffer [Jack Ross] and Craig Samson but, to be honest, my mind was already made up to come. I’m grateful for every experience I had at Arsenal but I’m hungry to play first-team football. I know that won’t be handed to me here, so it’s up to me to show what I can do in training and take it from there.”
“No-one has to tell me what a big club Hibernian is, in a competitive league. I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Gooners all over the world will be wishing Macey all the very best as he starts a new chapter of his career in Scotland.
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