Exclusive: Arsenal tell Macey he won't play for club again
Matt Macey is set to leave Arsenal for good as he finalises a move to Hibernian, Football Insider can reveal.
This site first broke the news yesterday morning that the 26-year-old was headed to Easter Road to undergo a medical and sign for the rest of the season.
An Arsenal source has told Football Insider that Macey has been told he will not get a new contract at Emirates Stadium to replace his deal that had been due to expire at the end of the campaign.
It means he is set to sever his ties with the London giants on Thursday and the move to Hibs will not be a loan.
It will bring an end to Macey’s eight-year spell at Emirates Stadium that began in October 2013 when he signed from Bristol Rovers.
The 6ft 7in keeper has the chance at Hibs to either secure a long-term deal or impress other clubs.
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He made two first-team appearances at Arsenal last season but has not added to those as he found himself behind Bernd Leno and Runar Runarsson this season.
Macey kept a clean sheet on an impressive debut against Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League and also played in the Carabao Cup win over Norwich City.
But he could not climb above the number three keeper spot at Arsenal and has now sealed a move to secure regular first-team football.
Macey has acquired some decent experience in the English lower leagues.
He has previously had loan spells at Accrington Stanley and Luton Town in League Two, and Plymouth Argyle in League One.
At Arsenal, Leno is the established number one, and summer signing Runarsson is his deputy following the £17m exit of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa last summer.
In other news, it can be REVEALED that Arsenal have secured their first January signing after he was granted permission to complete his medical.