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Australia national team shot stopper Mat Ryan has revealed the reason behind his exit from Arsenal this summer. The Australian goalkeeper left the Gunners earlier this summer when his loan contract at the club ran out.

Ryan spoke about Arsenal and his exit during an exclusive interview with James Dodd of Fox Sports. According to him, he was not a priority for Arsenal officials in the quest to strengthen the team for the new campaign. Australia goalkeeper Ryan said he gets the sense that the Gunners are looking for someone that will qualify as an homegrown player.

Australia shot stopper Ryan supported Arsenal as a boy and he was delighted when the club signed him on loan from fellow Premier League team Brighton and Hove Albion at the start of the year. Ryan signed a short-term contract with the Gunners and he left after the its expiration. His debut for Arsenal came during the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Ryan signed for Real Sociedad in the Spanish La Liga on a free transfer this summer. While he was in North London, Ryan was the second choice behind German international Bernd Leno.

Arsenal are presently in the market for a second choice goalkeeper with Sheffield United shot stopper Aaron Ramsdale at the top of the list. The Gunners have already seen multiple bids turned out for the England player. Ramsdale was part of the Three Lions team to the just concluded Euro 2020 tournament on home turf.

Widespread reports stated that Arsenal are not willing to offer £20m for Ramsdale with his club holding out for at least £30m for the shot stopper. Other Arsenal options include Newcastle United star Freddie Woodman and Barcelona goal minder Neto. Both Woodman and Neto were involved for their respective teams as the Premier League and La Liga opener for business this season.