Ryan - I used to get up at 4am to watch Arsenal

As an avid Arsenal fan growing up in Australia, it was second nature for Mat Ryan to get up at three or four o’clock in the morning to tune into our matches.

So how does it feel for the goalkeeper to have actually signed for us?

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“There's still an aura of surrealness to it all, to be honest,” Ryan told “I’m really proud, it's great and it's hard to sort of put into words the emotions and feeling that this is becoming a reality. 

“All those mornings as a young kid in Australia, getting up to watch the Champions League games and all that at four o'clock in the morning when I had school and these types of things. The support back in the Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp days, all these sorts of things, to now be here fills me with a great sense of pride and achievement. 

“I’m just looking to do the best that I can for the club and represent the club in the best possible way and ultimately help the club to achieve more success.”

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