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‘I’ve come here to push Bernd, and him push me’

Having played at the top level for many years, Mat Ryan is no stranger to having to fight for the No 1 spot - and he has come to Arsenal to do exactly that.

The Australia international is a big fan of Bernd Leno, but says that he is in north London to compete for a starting berth.

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“I’ve never been a goalkeeper where I've liked to sit on the bench,” Ryan told Arsenal.com. “I’m sure every goalkeeper says that, but I've come here under the circumstances where Bernd has obviously done a great job for the club in his time since he's arrived and he's a very top-quality goalkeeper. 

“But I believe also that I've shown that in my career until now also and I'm looking to come in here and push him and him push me. Like I said, we'll try to get the best out of one another and to improve as individuals. 

“If we can do that, then who's going to be getting the nod on matchday with the number of games that we have in all the competitions that we're still alive in? It's going to be who's in the best form and that's only going to help the team to perform better and to get better results hopefully. 

“So I'm very eager and keen to be here and get to work and start creating some nice memories through being successful.”

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