Paul Robinson has backed Arsenal signing Mat Ryan on a permanent deal at the end of the season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England number one said the 29-year-old is the “ideal” deputy for Bernd Leno given his experience at both domestic and international level.
Football Insider revealed on Tuesday that the London club are in advanced talks with the Seagulls to sign the Australia international on a permanent basis.
Discussions over a deal between £3-5million are underway.
Ryan moved to the the Emirates on loan in January after he was axed from Brighton manager Graham Potter’s plans in December.
When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if Ryan was a smart signing at that price, Robinson said: “I was a big fan of Ryan when he was at Brighton.
“I just think in the end he went a bit stale there. He lost his place to Sanchez which surprised me to be honest.
“He has always been a good, steady, reliable goalkeeper. To have him as a permanent back up at Arsenal would make a lot of sense.
“They sold Martinez and had to bring someone else in. Given his international experience and experience of playing in the Premier League he makes an ideal backup for Leno.”
Ryan has made two appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side this season, including Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Fulham.
The shot-stopper has 58 caps for Australia and has six World Cup appearances to his name.