An unlikely SPFL pair were linked with moves to the heady heights of Arsenal – but it would appear as if those moves have been shot down by a recent confirmation.

Arsenal have signed Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Matthew Ryan on loan until the end of the season as they look for cover between the sticks, Mikel Arteta wanting competition for number one Berndt Leno.

Arsenal Unveil New Signing Mat Ryan

Ryan is a Gunner. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

He’s got his man but it could have been two notable faces to SPFL fans. One name strongly linked was former Aberdeen and Kilmarnock goalkeeper Woodman, the other ex-Dundee man Seny Dieng.

Woodman is the keeper with the strongest links, having shone for Swansea City on loan from Newcastle United. He has arguably been the Championship’s best keeper this season, keeping 14 cleans sheets from 23 matches.


He made 16 appearances for Kilmarnock in 2017 before returning to Scotland on loan a year later with Aberdeen, where Woodman made eight appearances as he provided cover for Joe Lewis.


Woodman was at Killie. (Photo by Craig Foy – SNS GroupSNS Group via Getty Images)

Dieng was another name linked off the back of his good form at QPR, where he has made himself number one this term, dislodging competition from the likes of former Hibs keeper and Liam Kelly, who has now joined Motherwell for regular minutes. He made 18 appearances on loan at Dundee in the 2018/19 term.

Both were seen as potential options to the area Arsenal wanted to strengthen in but they have gone with an alternative for the time being, although further moves in the future could still appear. Arsenal were looking for a new keeper after another SPFL connection, Matt Macey leaving the Emirates for Hibs.

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