Arsenal played out a draw against Red Star Belgrade and that has been enough for the Gunners to qualify for the Last 32 of Europa League. Wenger opted to give young keeper Matt Macey a chance in the Europe and the goalkeeper has come out with a splendid performance on the night and says playing in Europe was something he dreamed of.
Macey in action against Crvena Zvezda
The 23 year old saved a header from Savic acrobatically to keep it at bay in the match and also his decision making was quite decent.
“Obviously that’s the aim for all the young lads here in the academy,” Macey said. “That’s the dream when you join Arsenal as a kid, to go on and be a regular and it’s just part of the stepping stones, but there’s a lot more hard work and I’ve got a lot more to do to make the next step,” he added.
The English keeper joined Arsenal from Bristol Rovers academy and since then has spent loan spells in Luton Town and Accrington Stanley. He made his debut earlier in the Carabao Cup against Norwich City.
He also thinks that playing in Europe has been a big step for him but his fellow colleagues made it easy for him as they defended well. The young player also had a good test in the first half where he had to save some shots from the Belgrade players.
Arsenal have qualified in the knock out stage after Koln beat BATE Borisov in the other match of the group but Macey emphasizes that Arsenal must get the job done and finish top of the group.
His manager was also in all praise for him as Wenger praised his quickness and agility and said that the 23 year old took his chance well and Wenger was happy to give him the opportunity.