American goalkeeper Turner was unfazed by Arsenal's lack of playing time

American goalkeeper Turner was unfazed by Arsenal’s lack of playing time

Matt Turner said Monday that he is unfazed by Arsenal’s lack of minutes as they try to establish themselves as the United States’ first-choice goalkeeper for the World Cup.

Turner, 28, who started eight of the United States’ 14 World Cup qualifying games, joined the Gunners in June on a long-term deal from the New England Revolution after being named Goalkeeper of the Year. Major League Soccer in 2021.

However, Turner has been unable to dislodge starting goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale since moving to London, and has not featured in any of the Gunners’ seven Premier League games to date.

Turner, however, doesn’t think a lack of minutes will hinder his sharpness in matches as the US prepares for friendlies against Japan and Saudi Arabia, the team’s last games before heading to the World Cup in Qatar.

“The situation depends on how you approach training,” Turner told reporters in a video conference.

“I would say if you’re (training) just to go for a ride and you don’t think you can change your situation, no matter what you do, you’re going to lose a lot of that sharpness.

“I don’t know how much you know about me or my history, but that’s not really the way I operate.

“Every day that I’m going to train, I’m going to try to improve to try to learn and improve, and I’ll try to get on the field.”

Turner is one of three goalkeepers included in the US squad for Friday’s game against Japan in Düsseldorf, Germany, and next Tuesday’s friendly against Saudi Arabia in Murcia, Spain.

Luton Town’s Ethan Horvath and New York City FC’s Sean Johnson complete the trio. Manchester City’s injured Zack Steffen, on loan at Middlesbrough, is expected to return to the squad for the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Turner paid tribute to the work of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who has guided the Gunners to the top of the Premier League table after seven games.

“He’s a great person to be around,” said Turner, recalling an incident in one of his first sessions at Arsenal, where the manager had reprimanded him.

“I gave a ball away and showed that I was frustrated and upset,” Turner said.

“And he just came up to me and pushed me and basically said, ‘I don’t want to see that, I don’t like that reaction. I want to see you get up and move on.’

“I think that really set the tone for my mentality within the club, and to keep going, no matter what.

“If you fail, that’s fine. It’s how you react that matters, not the failure itself.”

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