Mat Ryan is hoping a return to Arsenal will be an option for him this summer, having completed his loan spell with the Gunners from parent club Brighton.

Mat Ryan of Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City, UK - 21 Feb 2021. Copyright: Arron Gent / JMP / Shutterstock
Mat Ryan of Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City, UK – 21 Feb 2021. Copyright: Arron Gent / JMP / Shutterstock

The end of the Premier League season also meant the end of Mat Ryan’s loan spell with Arsenal, as the goalkeeper is set to return to parent club Brighton this summer. However, the Gunners could look to bring him back permanently this summer.

Ryan still has a contract with Brighton until 2022, but Football.London previously reported talks are set to begin with Brighton over a permanent deal for the loanee.

The 29-year-old hopes Arsenal will be on the table as one of his options this summer.

“I’ve got full faith in the team around me – my agent, family, friends – that we’re going to get a couple of options hopefully and go about making what’s going to be the best decision for me,” Ryan said.

“Hopefully, Arsenal becomes one of those options as well that we can look at and see what can happen there, but at the minute it’s still quite early. The season’s just finished.

“I’ve learnt so much in my experiences (at Arsenal) so far, all that’s being with a club like that, the resources, the personnel, the quality on the pitch, the enormity of the club on a global aspect … it was so cool to be a part of.

“I look forward to seeing what that little period now means for me moving forward.”

Ryan made three appearances for Arsenal on his loan, keeping one clean sheet and conceding two goals – to a deflection and a penalty. He also played a big role in the team’s late equaliser against Fulham in April.

Ryan isn’t homegrown, but that may not be such an issue with Arsenal failing to qualify for Europe. The club will need to trim the squad anyway, so they’re less likely to be pushing the limits.

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