By Arsenal correspondent Alex Stevens
Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey has signed a new contract with the club, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The 21-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal after impressing the coaching staff with his progress since his £100,000 move from Bristol Rovers in 2013.
Macey has been a regular member of the Arsenal first team squad this season, making the substitutes’ bench on 15 occasions due to injuries suffered by Petr Cech and David Ospina.
The young Englishman came close to making his senior bow in the Gunners’ 2-0 win at Everton last Saturday after Ospina injured his shoulder following a collision with Romelu Lukaku.
However, Ospina played on and Macey must continue to wait for his first-team chance even though Cech is sidelined with a calf injury.
Macey has shared Under-21 duties with Ryan Huddart this season, with three clean sheets in nine outings for Steve Gatting’s side.
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The Bath-born youngster spent the first half of last season on loan at Accrington Stanley but has not made a first-appearance at any level in over a year.
“Everyone at Arsenal looks forward to Matt’s continued contribution to the club”, read a statement on Arsenal’s website.