27-year-old says he tried to leave Arsenal every summer, which eventually happened in January

Matt Macey – Arsenal (Reuters)

Matt Macey has revealed he wants to leave Arsenal whenever possible.

The England goalkeeper left the Gunners in January to join the Scottish Hibernian side, where he is now their first goalscorer.

The 27-year-old has been on Arsenal’s books since 2013 but has never managed a single Premier League appearance.

In total, Macey has only managed a handful of senior matches for club Emirates Stadium.

And although the player himself told the Daily Record that he tried to leave every transfer window, no move of any kind would materialize.

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Macey, who only left London Colney at the age of 26, said: “I am often asked if I could have left Arsenal sooner. It’s not always that easy in a big club. There are responsibilities for the manager to protect, in terms of players getting injured at the highest level.

“One thing I would say is that every summer I’ve always looked to go play football, whether on loan or leaving Arsenal. For some reason this did not happen. I’m just lucky that when I decided to take the leap, it worked really well at Hibs.

There is no comparison between Hibs and Arsenal in terms of club size.

But Macey won’t care. It is the first time in his professional career that he is a key player for a club that owns him.

And while he doesn’t face Romelu Lukaku, Cristiano Ronaldo or Harry Kane in the Premier League, he plays regularly and having spent so long as a spectator with the Gunner it will suit the player perfectly.

As covered by HITC Sport At the time, Macey sought advice from Scotland international and former Celtic star Kieran Tierney before settling in the north.

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