Arsenal loanee's struggles worsen as he disappoints with club's reserves

Matt Macey
ACCRINGTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Matt Macey of Accrington Stanley dives in vain as Marc Richards of Northampton Town socres his sides 2nd goal from the penalty spot during the Sky Bet League Two match between Accrington Stanley and Northampton Town at Store First Stadium on January 31, 2015 in Accrington, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey is struggling on loan with Plymouth Argyle, having trouble even in his matches for the reserve side recently.

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At first, Macey appeared to be making a good start to his loan spell with Plymouth. Though the team was performing terribly as a whole, he earned praise for a couple of penalty saves and played every single league match until December 26th.

Things have gone downhill since then though. Until recently, the goalkeeper hadn’t played a league game three months, after he was dropped to the bench. He made a recent comeback as a substitute against Sunderland thanks to an injury, but he then conceded a goal in his 10-minute spell on the pitch.

Even with the reserves, Macey’s having trouble. Jeorge Bird reports that the 24-year-old played for Plymouth’s development squad against the MK Dons u23s this week and conceded five goals.

It’s not clear exactly how long Macey has left on his Arsenal contract. Transfermarkt has the expiry date as 2019, but that would be strange considering the Gunners chose to loan him last summer rather than sell him.

Presumably, his deal lasts until at least 2020, but right now it doesn’t look good for him extending his stay. Hopefully, his form can pick up before summer.