Luton Town will look to ensure that any future loan deals agreed do not contain a recall option after Matt Macey was called back to Arsenal.

  • 22-year-old was on bench for Arsenal against West Ham
  • He made 11 League Two appearances for Luton, keeping 4 cleansheets and conceding 9
  • Arsenal signed Macey from Bristol Rovers in 2013 for £119k

“All we’ve done is been the victim of a recall, nothing more,” Hatters boss, Nathan Jones said.

“It’s the gamble you take when you take loan goalkeepers, and we’ve had some real gooduns in terms of Christian who was worth the gamble, but he was called back and the same happened with Matt.

“We can’t fathom two top goalkeepers at Arsenal (being injured) and then their fourth choice is going to called up. So it’s something that we can’t really help, it’s unfortunate.

“The learning curve for me is that anyone we take, we don’t have a recall (clause).

“If they get injured while playing for us, because that can happen, then fine.

“If I was any club in Britain, I’d want to send their keepers to us, because one, they stay injury free, two, they tend to flourish.

“Because Jonathan Mitchell enhanced his reputation here, Christian Walton enhanced his reputation here, Matt Macey has enhanced his reputation here, so it’s a good place to send them.”

Matt Macey
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With Petr Cech and David Ospina injured, Macey was recalled from Luton earlier this week after making the number one shirt his own since the move. It’s most unlike Arsenal to recall a player from loan. The most recent example being Francis Coquelin when Arsenal’s midfield disintegrated.

It would also hint at a longer term problem for both players. It seems rather drastic to cancel a loan to cover for just a handful of games. Cech was expected to return to action on Monday against Crystal Palace but Arsene Wenger confirmed this will not happen.

No timescale has been put on David Ospina who has said he would be ‘okay’ with a move to Fenerbahce in the summer if Arsenal agree. Arsenal have, reportedly, agreed a £6m fee with the Turkish side.