Arsenal’s New Signing Matt Turner Reveals Mikel Arteta Shoved Him in Training Due to Frustration

Arsenal’s New Signing Matt Turner Reveals Mikel Arteta Shoved Him in Training Due to Frustration

  • Matt Turner experienced the intense nature of Mikel Arteta firsthand when the Arsenal head coach rebuked him for reacting negatively
  • Turner joined Arsenal this summer from the Major League Soccer and has since made his competitive debut in the Europa League
  • The Gunners were being taken through their paces when Turner gave away the ball

Arsenal new signing Matt Turner was welcomed to the club by head coach Mikel Arteta in a rather unconvincing fashion.

Turner was signed from Major League Soccer side New England Revolution this summer. He is now Arsenal's second-choice goalkeeper following Bernd Leno's exit to Fulham.

Matt Turner, Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, training, shoving
Matt Turner warms up ahead of Arsenal's Premier League match against Aston Villa on August 31st. Photo by David Price.
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He was settling into his new surroundings in one training session where the squad was being taken through a possession game.

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The American goalkeeper then reveals he gave the ball away and immediately cut a frustrated figure.

Speaking to MLS's official website, Turner explains that Arteta walked up to him and told him he didn't want to see such kind of reaction. He said this while shoving his new recruit.

Arteta was basically like, 'I don't want to see that. I don't like seeing that reaction. I want to see you pick yourself up and keep going.

The Arsenal boss has often been described as an intense and aggressive manager. His styles and tactics appear to be paying off, with Arsenal currently sitting pretty at the summit of the English Premier League table.

The Gunners have only lost one game in their opening seven games. Turner, meanwhile, made his competitive debut for Arsenal in their Europa League clash against FC Zurich.

He will face a hard task of usurping Aaron Ramsdale as Gunner's first choice as he looks to make the cut for the FIFA World Cup.

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Sports Brief had earlier reported that Nigeria-eligible footballer Ethan Nwaneri made history on Sunday, September 18, to become the top English flight's youngest debutant.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta handed the 15-year-old his debut during their 3-0 away victory over Brentford.

Arteta disclosed that he liked the lad when he joined the first team training following good reviews from the academy coaches as well as the club’s director of football, Edu.