Macey joins Accrington on loan as Huddart prepares to step up

Picture: Arsenal Mania

Picture: Arsenal Mania

Arsenal U21s goalkeeper Matt Macey is set to gain valuable experience of professional football having joined League Two side Accrington Stanley on an initial one month loan deal.

Macey has established himself as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper for the U21s since joining from Bristol Rovers in September 2013 and has made 26 appearances at that level. In addition, he travelled with the first-team for their pre-season training camp in Austria last summer and was named on the bench for the Premier League fixtures against Southampton and West Bromwich Albion this season.

The 20-year-old is an impressive shot-stopper and has made numerous superb saves from close range during his time at the club, although he does remain rather vulnerable from corners.

He could make his debut for his temporary club when they host Bury tomorrow night. Speaking to the Accrington Stanley official website, Macey said: “I’ve been looking to get out on loan all season but due to injuries (to Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina) it didn’t quite happen.

“Part of developing into a top goalkeeper is going and learning your trade lower down the leagues and learn proper football.”

Arsenal face Reading U21s on Monday and Macey’s absence is likely to mean that Ryan Huddart will be called upon at that level for just the third time this season, although there is the possibility that Emiliano Martinez could instead be used as an overage goalkeeper. Deyan Iliev remains sidelined with injury.

Macey isn’t the only young Arsenal goalkeeper currently out on loan, with Josh Vickers having featured regularly for non-league side Concord Rangers this season.




  1. Wishing Matt all the best. JB do you think he’d easily slot in as number 1 there or he has a fighting chance of he’d warm the bench unless there is an injury?

  2. Benik Afobe is said to be in negotiation with Wolves in view of a permanent transfer. Is there any truth in that?
    Do you think that he should aim higher? Maybe a third tier premiership club. Personally I think that Crystal Palace and Hull should look at him instead of Sanogo. In the long run Sanogo will be better, but right now for the next six months, I think that Afobe may make a bigger impact. He is much better in 1v1 situation against a goalkeeper than Sanogo is.
    Do you think the Dutch coaches find difficult to adapt to the pace of the English game and the let anything go attitude of the referee? It looks like during games they are trying to coach, when the opposition just try to win the game.
    Also any truth in the rumour that the entire U21 coaching staff will be replaced next year?

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