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Australia national team shot stopper Mat Ryan made his first appearance for Real Sociedad in the slim Spanish La Liga win over hosts Granada earlier this week. Ryan had not played competitive football for Real Sociedad since moving to the club for an undisclosed fee in the summer.

The Australia international returned to the Spanish top flight this summer on the back of his spell with Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.Brighton were keen for the Australian to leave the club this summer and that enabled him to join Real Sociedadfor an undisclosed fee. The Australia national team goalkeeper spent the final six months of his stay at Brightonon loan at fellow Premier League team Arsenal but the Gunners opted against signing him as they wanted an homegrown goalkeeper.

Shortly after his move back to the Spanish La Liga to play for Real Sociedad, the former Valencia goalkeeper stated in an interview monitored by English publication Football London that he wanted to stay at the Emirates Stadium as a boyhood Arsenal fan having impressed in the Gunners goal when given the opportunity last season but club officials wanted an homegrown goalkeeper to boost the club's quota on that front.
Australian international Ryan has had to be patience for his Real Sociedad debut with Alex Remiro preferred for the first six games in all competitions this season. Ryan watched from the bench as Remiro started the first five games in the league and the Europa League group stage opener with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.
Ryan was unable to keep a clean sheet in his first game for Real Sociedad but he still played his part in the impressive away win over Granada. Real Sociedad ran out 3-2 winners thanks to the brace from AritzElustondo in the second half. Mikel Merino scored the other goal for the visitors, while German Sanchez and Luis Milla (penalty) scored for the hosts.