Training with some of the world-class stars at Arsenal has been a ‘great education’ for Matt Macey – but now he wants to make a name for himself at Hibs.
The keeper has ended his lengthy association with the Gunners, having his contract torn up at Arsenal to join Hibs until the end of the season. He could make a debut at Celtic Park on Monday night.
Macey has reflected on his time in North London as he looks forward to ‘playing games’: “I really enjoyed my time at Arsenal, but this feels like an opportunity that I’ve been waiting for. I want to kick-start my career. The last few years haven’t gone the way I would have planned, but that’s always the trade-off when you’re at a massive club with world class players.
“It’s an opportunity to play in games that matter and the thought of that is really exciting. Definitely. They gave me a great education and I’ve had the chance to work with some amazing coaches and players. I had some incredible experiences, especially on the road for some big games.
“You also get plenty of practice in training trying to save shots from some world class attackers. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sticks out. He has a real killer instinct. In some sessions it can feel like a bonus just to save one or two of his shots. When I was younger I was a bit more starstruck by it but there comes a point when you want to make an impact yourself. I always took my responsibilities there seriously.
“You can still make an impact in your own way by working to a high level and challenging the people around you in training, but I feel like I’m at a point when I really want to be playing games.”
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