In a rather surprising development, Arsenal youngster Ryan Huddart has joined National League side Eastleigh on a season-long loan deal.
The young goalkeeper trained with the Arsenal first-team on several occasions last season, and, at one stage, appeared to have edged ahead of Matt Macey in terms of being closer to the first-team squad.
However, Huddart will now be spending the season in England’s fifth tier, with the goalkeeper poised to benefit from the regular game time he will undoubtedly receive.
Huddart’s temporary departure could pave the way for Macey to become increasingly involved in the first-team squad.
The latter must take up a place as a senior player in Arsenal’s Premier League and Champions League squads if he is to be eligible for either competition this campaign.
Macey will hope to play a major part in the first-team’s pre-season plans, perhaps as back-up to Emiliano Martinez, who has returned from his loan spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers.